Nagana, also called nagana pest or Animal African Trypanosomiasis, is a disease of vertebrate animals. The disease is caused by trypanosomes of several species in the genus "Trypanosoma". The trypanosomes infect the blood of the vertebrate host, causing fever, weakness, and lethargy which lead to weight loss and anemia; in some animals the disease is fatal unless treated. The trypanosomes are transmitted by tsetse flies. []

An interesting feature is the remarkable resistance to nagana pathology shown by some breeds of cattle, notably the N'dama - a West African "Bos taurus" breed. This contrasts with the susceptibility shown by East African "Bos indicus" cattle such as the zebu. [cite journal |author=Courtin D, Berthier D, Thevenon S, Dayo GK, Garcia A, Bucheton B |title=Host genetics in African trypanosomiasis |journal=Infect. Genet. Evol. |volume=8 |issue=3 |pages=229–38 |year=2008 |month=May |pmid=18394971 |doi=10.1016/j.meegid.2008.02.007] Most wild African animals are also resistant.Fact|date=February 2007

This disease is the animal counterpart of sleeping sickness, also known as Human African Trypanosomiasis.

Nagana and history

The nagana pest disease has had a significant effect on African history, by keeping horses and camels (and thus cavalry and mounted knights and mounted messengers) out of much of Africa.Fact|date=February 2007 One main effect was in stopping the southward advance of Islam at the northern limit of tsetse fly country.Fact|date=February 2007 Another effect is that it is probable that the southward spread of the Bantu/Nguni peoples had to wait until their cattle evolved to become resistant to nagana.Fact|date=February 2007


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