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When left untreated, sleeping sickness will eventually lead to coma and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”It was complicated,” Mutombo said of the case. “All these years later I have his name in my mind. I still look at his picture.”Because stage one symptoms such as cheap Canada Goose headache and fever are associated with a number of other conditions, many Canada Goose Jackets patients don’t seek treatment until they’ve reached stage two, Mutombo said. People often assume they have malaria and spend months getting treatment for that.It’s when patients start sleeping all day and staying up all night, when they can’t stop smiling or feel overwhelmingly angry, when they can’t eat and start losing weight that’s when they’ll realize they likely have sleeping sickness, Mutombo said. 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