Medicine: Barber Bug Fever

Three puffy-faced, feverish children caused great concern near Panama City last week. They were the first cases seen in that region of a tropical disease variously called Barber Bug Fever, Chagas' Disease, Brazilian Trypanosomiasis. The disease spreads very fast. Victims who do not die become sleepy idiots.

Cause of the disease is a trypanosome, protozoon which under the microscope resembles an auger. Two kinds of trypanosomes are indigenous to Africa, another kind to South America. The African types, borne by the tsetse fly, cause African sleeping...

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