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In regard to their action on animals, the members of this group may be said generally to affect many different species of animals-as, for example, man, horses, cattle, dogs, and most of the smaller experimental animals. The two Central African members of the group, T. brucei and T. gambiense, develop in the tsetse-flies in the same way. At first the development takes place in the intestine; afterwards the parasites pass into the salivary glands, by way probably of the proboscis, and there complete their develop

FIG. 1.-Trypanosoma brucei (Plimmer and Bradford) Zululand, 1913. Xabout 700.

ment into infective forms. This is the only group in which the salivary glands are invaded. This group can be separated from the other groups by shape alone.

Group B. The Trypanosoma pecorum Group.-The trypanosomes are small and monomorphic. The cytoplasm is non-granular. The micronucleus is prominent, subterminal, and often seems to project beyond the margin. The undulating membrane is fairly well developed (Fig. 2).

The cycle of development in the tsetse-fly in Group B begins in the intestinal tract; afterwards the flagellates pass forward into the proboscis of the fly, and finally reach the salivary duct or hypopharynx, where they complete their development and become infective. The difference between Group A and Group B is that

FIG. 2.-Trypanosoma pecorum. xabout 700.

in the latter the salivary glands are never invaded. There are only two species at present included in this group-T. pecorum and T. simiae. The former gives rise to the most important trypanosome disease of cattle in Africa, while the latter is remarkable for the rapidity with which it kills the domestic pig.

Group C. The Trypanosoma vivax Group.-The species making up this group (Fig. 3) are monomorphic, and remarkable for the extreme rapidity of their movements. The posterior extremity is enlarged. The cytoplasm is clear and hyaline. The

micronucleus is large and terminal, and the undulat membrane is little developed and simple. This spec.. only affects horses, cattle, goats, and sheep. Monkey. dogs, rabbits, guinea-pigs, and rats are refractory.

The cycle of development in Group C differs fro that in Groups A and B in that it takes place at fire only in the labial cavity of the proboscis, and late in the salivary duct or hypopharynx. No part of the cycle takes place in the intestinal tract or in the salivary glands.

These three groups are well marked, and it is fair, easy by microscopic examination alone to name what group a trypanosome belongs to, when seen in the blood of the vertebrate host or even in the tsetse-fly.

DESCRIPTION OF THE TSETSE-FLIES.

A description of Glossina morsitans and Glossing palpalis is given, with a figure illustrating the mouth parts of a tsetse-fly.

It is important to understand the structure of the proboscis, as this plays an important part in the development of Groups B and C. In the transverse section the parts are seen in position, the labrum and labium joined together form a tube through which the blood is drawn in the act of sucking, and known as the labial cavity; and the delicate terminal duct of the salivary glands or hypopharynx lying in the hollow of the labium, and opening near the tip of the proboscis. The salivary glands are long convoluted

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FIG. 3.-Trypanosoma vivix (Ziemann). Xal out 700.

organs lying chiefly in the abdominal segment of the fly.

It was stated that probably all the tsetse-flies are capable of acting as carriers of all the pathogenic trypanosomes, at least in laboratory experiments. What makes one species of fly the especial carrier of a particular trypanosome is probably bound up in the natural history, the habits, and distribution of the fly.

It was shown that the two principal groups of tsetseflies-the G. morsitans group and the G. palpalis group differ from each other in well-marked characters, the former living in wild, unpopulated districts and trusting to the wild game for their food, the latter along rivers and lakes which are usually thickly popu lated, and trusting to man for a food supply, or in his absence living on the large reptiles, birds, and antelopes which frequent these places.

THE TRYPANOSOMES CAUSING DISEASE IN MAN AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS IN CENTRAL AFRICA. Group A. Trypanosoma brucei Group. (1) T. brucei, the Nagana Parasite.-This was the first pathogenic trypanosome discovered in Central or South Africa. It was found in Zululand in 1894 in the blood of native cattle suffering from Nagana. The parasite was sent in the living condition to the

Royal Society in 1896, and at that time found its way into many laboratories, and much of the earlier work on trypanosomes was founded on it. The parasite causing the Rhodesian and Nyasaland form of sleeping sickness, and which had been named T. rhodesiense, is considered to be identical with T. brucei. Various strains, Zululand, 1894 and 1913, Nyasaland and Uganda, are compared, and the conclusion come to that they are identical in morphology.

SUSCEPTIBILITY OF ANIMALS TO T. brucei.

Many mammals, including man, horses, mules, donkeys, oxen, goats, sheep, monkeys, dogs, and many others, are attacked by this parasite. Birds and the cold-blooded vertebrates, such as crocodiles, lizards, and frogs, are quite unaffected by it. A single trypanosome seems to be just as efficacious in setting up infection as a million, and it does not seem to matter whether the kind of trypanosome injected is one of the long and slender forms or one of the short and stumpy.

Table I.-Giving (a) the Average Duration in Days of the Disease in Various Strains of T. brucei.

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Table I. gives the average duration in days of the disease caused by various strains of this trypanosome, also the number of animals employed. From this it will be seen that this disease runs a fairly rapid course in man, killing him as a rule in three or four months. This, as we shall see, is in marked contrast to the much more chronic course of the Congo sleeping sickness caused by T. gambiense. In horses, donkeys, and mules nagana runs its course on an average of thirty-eight days. No opportunity of studying the disease in horses occurred in Uganda or Nyasaland, as horses are very seldom seen in these countries. In the ox the disease is chronic and a certain proportion recover. In the other animals it may be said broadly that the disease runs a fairly similar course, and that little or no difference in the virulence is seen between the different strains.

Nagana is, as a rule, a fatal disease. With the exception of the oxen, almost all the other animals die. Out of 318 employed in these experiments only three recovered.

From its action on animals, then, just as from its morphology, it is apparent that T. brucei as it occurs in Zululand differs in no way from the Nyasaland strain called by Stephens and Fantham T. rhodesiense.

THE INFECTIVITY OF WILD TSETSE-FLIES
(G. morsitans).

The tsetse-flies in Nyasaland were examined in order to find out how many of them were naturally infected. There were fifty-six experiments, and 10,081 tsetse-flies (G. morsitans) were employed. In the fiftysix experiments T. brucei was found twenty times (35.7 per cent.). Nine monkeys, fourteen dogs, and eleven goats were infected. This gives a proportion of 1 in 500, or 2 flies per 1000 caught in the sleeping

sickness area, Nyasaland, infective with nagana. This is only allowing one infective fly to each series of flies fed on the experimental animals, and is therefore the irreducible minimum.

TRYPANOSOMES FOUND IN THE BLOOD OF WILD ANIMALS LIVING IN THE SLEEPING-SICKNESS AREA, NYASALAND.

When an animal was shot a small quantity of its blood was taken in a sterilised bottle containing citrate of potash to prevent coagulation. Smear preparations were made at the same time. As the animals were often shot thirty or forty miles away from the camp, a motor-cycle was used to get the blood up the hill as quickly as possible. When the blood arrived at the laboratory it was at once injected into a goat, a monkey, and a dog. In this way 180 specimens of blood of wild game living in the fly area examined, and fifty-seven were found to harbour pathogenic trypanosomes (32 per cent.).

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This is, however, probably much below the actual percentage. A wild animal is only examined once, and that often under unfavourable conditions. If.it were possible to examine the same animal several times it is probable that many more would be found infected. The parasites come and go in the blood; one day they may be present, the next day absent. The big game live in the "Fly Country among swarms of infected flies, and are constantly liable to infection and re-infection.

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restricting their destruction in "Fly Country" be removed, but active measures should be taken for their early and complete blotting out. It must be strictly borne in mind that this only refers to wild animals living in "fly" areas. No pathogenic trypanosomes have up to the present been found by the Commission in the blood of animals living in fly-free

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(2) T. gambiense, the Parasite of Congo SleepingSickness.-T. gambiense (Fig. 4) is very similar in size and shape to T. brucei, but it would appear to be possible to distinguish them by the presence of the blunt-ended, posterior-nucleated forms which are so common in the blood of animals infected by the nagana parasite and quite absent in animals infected by the other. But as these posterior-nucleated forms are absent or scarce in the blood of man, this method of diagnosis requires the inoculation of experimental animals and the study of many preparations of their blood. It would appear to be impossible at present to distinguish between the two species by the microscopical examination of preparations made from the blood of man alone.

SUSCEPTIBILITY OF ANIMALS TO T. gambiense.

A marked difference exists between T. gambiense and T. brucei in regard to their virulence towards animals,

rudely-built grass huts near the lake shore, and ca examination of their blood some 30 per cent. of the were found to harbour the parasite. In 1903, whi these highly-infected labourers were living on the lake shore, the proportion of infective flies was found to be as high as 11.2 per 1000. The Government removed the hut-tax labourers from the vicinity of the lake, which became deserted, and a year afterwards the proportion of infected flies fell to 1.2 per 1000. When the Commission returned to Uganda in 1908 and took up camp at Mpumu at the north end of Lake Victoria we found the lake-shore flies in the vicinity still infective, although the population had been removed early that year. The examination of 7200 flies gave a proportion of 1.8 per 1000. But we had given the Government to understand that as soon as the natives were removed the flies would become harmless. I: was therefore important to find out how long the lake-shore flies remained infective, and why they re

mained infective. For this purpose they were examined every year until 1912.

TABLE IV. Showing the Results of Yearly Examina tions of wild G. palpalis from 1903 to 1912 inclusive.

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The disease in animals caused by T. gambiense is thus much more chronic than that caused by T. brucei, and this character, combined with the morphology already described, affords the surest and safest means of separating these species.

G. palpalis THE CARRIER OF T. gambiense.
INFECTIVITY OF WILD G. palpalis.

In 1903 at Entebbe, the Government cantonment, the tsetse-flies had plenty of opportunity of becoming infected, since they were caught in the vicinity of the hut-tax labourers' camp. These men came in thousands to Entebbe to work for Government for one month in lieu of paying hut-tax. They lived in

From this it will be seen that although there had been a steady decrease in the proportion of infective flies, a few remained, and these showed no sign of disappearing. The mistake made by the Commission was first in believing that the transmission of the T. gambiense was mechanical, and that a fly lost its power of infection within three days after feeding on an infected animal; and, secondly, in believing that man was the sole reservoir of the virus. It was found that a fly may remain infective for several months, and that man is by no means the only source of the virus.

THE CYCLE OF DEVELOPMENT OF T. gambiense IN G. palpalis.

This prolonged infectivity which some flies possess is due to the fact that in these the trypanosomes do not die off, but proceed to further multiplication. It was shown that a very small proportion of flies which feed on an infected animal show this cycle of development. In one series of experiments, forty-two in number, only one fly in 212 (0.5 per cent.) became infective. An average of thirty-six days is required to complete the cycle. The long account given may be summarised as follows.

Trypanosomes taken into the alimentary canal of tsetse-flies retain their shape and infectivity for some eighteen hours. They then degenerate and lose their power of infection, and as a rule have disappeared altogether from the majority of the flies by the fifth or sixth day. In a small percentage of flies, male as well as female, the trypanosomes maintain their position, they continue to multiply, and in a short time swarm in the alimentary canal of the fly. These multiplication forms bear little or no resemblance to the original trypanosomes. After some twenty or thirty days the developing flagellates find their way into the salivary glands, resume their original blood form, and regain their infectivity.

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THE CARRIER OF T. pecorum.

The chief carrier of T. pecorum is G. morsitans. In Nyasaland, this parasite was the commonest of the trypanosomes with which G. morsitans was infected. There were fifty-six experiments, and 10,081 tsetse-flies (G. morsitans) were employed. In the fifty-six experiments T. pecorum was found forty-six times, more than twice as often as T. brucei. Nine monkeys, thirty-four dogs, and thirty-five goats were infected. This gives a proportion of 46 per 1000 flies infected with T. pecorum.

THE CYCLE OF DEVELOPMENT OF T. pecorum IN
G. morsitans.

This trypanosome belongs to Group B, in which development takes place first in the gut and then passes forward into the labial cavity of the proboscis, and finally reaches the salivary duct or hypopharynx where the trypanosomes revert to the original blood form and become infective. There is no infection of the salivary glands.

THE TYPE OF TRYPANOSOMES FOUND IN THE INFECTED

FLIES.

Fig. 5 represents the developmental forms of T. pecorum found in labial cavity of G. morsitans. The first seven figures represent early forms in the labial cavity. These were seen adhering singly by their flagella to the labrum.

The next group contains the ordinary forms found clinging by their flagellar ends to the labrum. It will be seen that they have assumed the crithidial stage, a stage which seems to be a sine quâ non in the final stages of the cycle of development of all the pathogenic trypanosomes, and the interpretation of which is still obscure. The small blood forms are from the hypopharynx of dead infective flies. They represent the final stage in the cycle of development and are the only infective forms. On the same figure are seen drawings of the labrum and hypopharynx of a fly infected with this trypanosome. While the labial cavity is seen to contain clusters of large ribbon-like trypanosomes, the hypopharynx is swarming with the

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This species of trypanosome is remarkable for the virulence it displays towards the monkey and the domestic pig, killing these animals in an incredibly short period of time, whereas it is harmless to oxen, antelope, dogs, and the smaller experimental animals. Curiously enough it affects goats and sheep, although oxen and antelope escape.

In the whole range of the trypanosome diseases of animals there is surely nothing so striking as the rapidly fatal action of T. simiae on the domestic pig. In nine experiments the average duration was only 5:3 days. This not from the time of the appearance of the trypanosome in the blood, but from the date of the infection. Further, this rapid action is not the result of an exaltation of virulence by numerous passages through the pig, but natural to the trypano

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animal among the wild game which harbours it. It is probable that it will also be found in the blood of the bush-pig, but that has not been done yet.

GROUP C.-THE T. vivax GROUP.

The three species forming this group have a strong family resemblance, and but for size might almost be included in one species.

1.-T. vivax.

This is the cause of one of the most important cattle diseases in Uganda. We did not meet with it in Nyasaland, where its place seems to be taken by T. caprae. It is, however, widely distributed in Central Africa. It has been reported from Senegal and the Sudan in the north to Rhodesia in the south. It is easily recognised on account of its extreme activity during life, its characteristic morphology in stained specimens, and the fact that it only affects horses, cattle, goats, and sheep, while monkeys, dogs, rabbits, guinea-pigs, rats, and mice are refractory. In Uganda the tsetse-flies on the lake shore were found to be infected with it, and it was also found in the blood of a bushbuck shot at the same place at which the flies were collected (see above and Fig. 3).

II.-T. uniforme.

This trypanosome resembles T. vivax very closely except that it is smaller. Up to the present it has only been found in Uganda. Its carrier there is G.

In regard to the transference of the virus from sick to healthy animals by the fly, this has been mad clearer and easier of comprehension by the discovery of the part which the salivary glands and hypopharynx play in the various modes of developmen It results which the trypanosomes undergo in the fly. that it would almost appear impossible for an infec tive fly to pierce even momentarily the skin of a healthy susceptible animal without causing infection. Another important feature is the proof brough forward that T. brucei and T. rhodesiense are the

same.

Finally, in regard to the prevention of these tryWe panosome diseases of man and domestic animals. have seen that the wild game in the fly country is heavily infected. It is impossible to doubt that they are the reservoir and source of many of these diseases. There can be little doubt that if the wild game were driven out of the fly country trypanosome diseases such as those caused by T. brucei and T. pecorum would disappear.

In regard to the measures of prevention agains: the most important of all the trypanosome diseasesCongo sleeping-sickness-it has been shown by experience that the removal of the natives from the fly area is a simple and efficacious way of stopping an epidemic. In these sparsely inhabited countries, where spare land and food are easily obtained, there is, as a rule, no difficulty in effecting this migration. If it is desired to go a step further and render the sleepingsickness area habitable, then clearing and cultivation must be resorted to. By these means, in all prob ability, G. palpalis will be driven away, and with it

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FIG. 6.-Trypanosoma simiæ. x about 700.

palpalis, and its reservoir the wild game on the lake shore.

III.-T. Caprae.

This species has only been reported up to the present from Lake Tanganyika and Nyasaland. It, like the other two species belonging to this group, only affects cattle, sheep, and goats. Monkeys, dogs, and smaller experimental animals are immune.

CONCLUSION.

This concludes the Croonian Lectures on the trypanosomes causing disease in man and domestic animals in Central Africa. These lectures deal with but a small part of the subject, which has in the course of the last twenty years grown to huge proportions. Nothing has been said about medicinal treatment, and even measures of prevention have been left a good deal to the imagination. Taking a look back over the whole field the outstanding features may be said to be, first, that some order is beginning to reign in what was lately chaos in regard to the classification of the pathogenic trypanosomes. They may all now be referred to three groups and nine species.

UNIVERSITY AND EDUCATIONAL
INTELLIGENCE.

DR. H. G. EARLE has been appointed to the chair of physiology in the University of Hong-kong.

DR. J. A. MENZIES has been appointed professor of physiology in the University of Durham College of Medicine, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

IN the prospectus of the University College of North Wales a reference to 'Aeroplane and Other Researches" occurs in the schemes of study of the department of applied mathematics. In view of the important part played by aeroplanes in the present war, we hope that Prof. Bryan will make every effort to enlist the services of his pupils in the solution of the many unsolved problems which he has enumer ated, and that he will encourage them to take up this work in preference to studies of a more examinational character. We understand from Prof. Bryan that he would be glad to secure the assistance of students from other universities possessing the necessary training in applied mathematics who are able and willing to enter the college at Bangor for a post-graduate course of research in the subjects in question.

THE prospectus of the University courses in the Municipal School of Technology, Manchester, for the session 1915-16, which is now available, serves admirably to give the inquiring student an excellent idea of the resources and equipment of this great technical college. It will be remembered that a faculty of technology in the University of Manchester was established in 1905, with the principal of the School of Technology as dean of the faculty and with the heads of the mechanical and electrical engineering, applied chemistry, and architecture departments of the School of Technology as professors of the University.

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