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Luanda, 07/07 - More than 300 fresh cases of sleeping sickness have been detected between May and July this year in Angola under a Government active survey of the endemic zones, Angop learned.

The information came from the Institute for Combat and Control of Trypanossomiasis (ICCT), that further stated that more than 3.000 people were tested with the assistance of Belgium and Norway.

The areas of Ambriz (Bengo province), Ambaca (Kwanza-Norte), Calulo (Kwanza-Sul), Cacuso (Malange), Songo (Uíge) and Cuimba (Zaire) are the areas surveyed.

Seven movable teams set for the purpose are currently surveying the areas of (Bengo province), Samba Cajú, Cazengo, Golungo-Alto (Lwanza-Norte), Munenga (Kwanza-Sul), Kalandula (Malange), Songo, Qumvuenga (Uíge), Nzeto and Kindeji (Zaire).

According to physician Ninga Dituvanga 4.4475 persons were visited between January and July in the seven endemic areas. 664 of them have been found infected. The provinces of Kwanza-Norte, with 215 new cases and Uige with 139 are the most affected ones.

The source added that in all zones visited by the moving teams, new cases of the disease were detected in alarming numbers.

As an example, Dituvanga said, 50 sick persons were found at Kindeji within a week time and 60 at Ambaca in three days.

Also according to him, in the past ECCT movable teams used to pay 100 to 150.000 visits, a number expected to rise to 300.000 thanks to the environment of peace now prevailing in the country. But funds and other means are needed, the source stressed.

Meanwhile, under a cooperation with France, a team of neurophysiologists arrived in the country late in June to study the disease and outline programmes to fight it.

The team is currently at Ambaca and will address a talks on the issue in the Luanda military hospital soon.