"Brevis Birch, meanwhile, blamed the Tornados' narrow defeat on a bout of sleeping sickness"
-- match report in the Daily Prophet (DP2)
Captain of the Tutshill Tornados quidditch team (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