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KU Leuven

The Tsetse Fly: A Unique but Deadly Insect

Caption: The tsetse fly is quite unique in the insect world: it feeds exclusively on the blood of humans and animals, gives birth to live young and provides nutrition to its young by lactation. But in the invertebrate world, it's a killer: its bite can transfer the parasite that causes sleeping sickness. If left untreated, the disease is fatal.

Credit: Geoffrey M. Attardo, Research Scientist, Yale School of Public Health

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