France supports regional co-operation in the fight against human and animal trypanosomes and their vectors [fr]
A training workshop entitled “Biting insects as vectors of trypanosomes in human beings and animals in South East Asia: from field to laboratory” will be organized, from November 24th to 29th, in Hanoi by the BioZoonoSEA platform.
Financially supported by France from regional co-operation budget, this workshop aims to allow a wide sharing of knowledge on trypanosomes and their vectors. Lab diagnosis, transmission mechanisms, disease control as well as trapping, identification and studies of vectors (blood-sucking insects such as flies and bugs) will be reviewed.
Sharing experience will be made possible as the regional workshop will be attended by participants and teachers-researchers from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and France. Four young scientists from Vietnam will come to Kasetsart University a few weeks later for a specific training which will enable them to make use of their knowledge in their own institutes.
Well known as cause of sleeping sickness in Africa or Chagas disease in Latin America, trypanosomes are also common in Asia, where one of them leads to surra disease, affecting animals mainly, though some human cases were identified in India. Then, another one, a common rat commensal was shown to be responsible for clinical signs in a child in Thailand. All this indicates the need to be appropriately prepared in case of an emergence of trypanosomes, both in animals and human beings.