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Trypanosome, microscopic unicellular parasite that infests the blood plasma of animals and humans, producing disease; it is transmitted by insects. Trypanosome protozoa are responsible for trypanosomiasis of the African (Changas's disease) varieties, carried by the tsetse fly and certain other bugs. They are relatively insensitive to chemotherapy in established cases; prevention is therefore important.

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