"Brevis Birch, meanwhile, blamed the Tornados' narrow defeat on a bout of sleeping sickness"
-- match report in the Daily Prophet (DP2)
Brevis Birch was the captain of the Tutshill Tornados quidditch team circa 1993 (DP2)
Birch blames the team's loss to the Ballycastle Bats on a mysterious drowsiness that affected the Tornados' Keeper, Mervyn Fenwick (DP2)
While the date printed on DP2 is 8 February 1999, the timeframe for these events is 1992-1993.
Sleeping sickness, also known as African trypanosomiasis, is transmitted by the tsetse fly and more or less impossible to contract outside of sub-Saharan Africa (source: Wikipedia). -BB