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Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of infected sand flies. It is found in nearly 88 countries, from rain forests in Central and South America to deserts in the Middle East and west Asia. Some cases of the disease have also appeared in Mexico and Texas.

Leishmaniasis takes several different forms, including the most common cutaneous leishmaniasis, which causes skin sores, and the more severe visceral leishmaniasis, which affects internal organs such as the spleen, liver, and bone marrow. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 1.5 million new cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis and 500,000 new cases of visceral leishmaniasis in the world each year.

Further Reading

WHO marching toward extraordinary progress against neglected tropical diseases, report reveals

WHO marching toward extraordinary progress against neglected tropical diseases, report reveals

GHIT Fund invests in phase 3 clinical trial for pediatric formulation of ‘snail fever’ drug

GHIT Fund invests in phase 3 clinical trial for pediatric formulation of ‘snail fever’ drug

Researchers discover promising target for treatment of leishmaniasis

Researchers discover promising target for treatment of leishmaniasis

New study proves that 'super-boosting' approach may help treat children co-infected with TB and HIV

New study proves that 'super-boosting' approach may help treat children co-infected with TB and HIV

Researchers find explanation for link between persistent infection and long-term immunity

Researchers find explanation for link between persistent infection and long-term immunity

Leishmaniasis infection rates increase among ecotourists, soldiers in the U.S.

Leishmaniasis infection rates increase among ecotourists, soldiers in the U.S.

Intestinal parasite increases susceptibility to colitis, study finds

Intestinal parasite increases susceptibility to colitis, study finds

Pre-travel consultation can help international travelers to prepare for trip

Pre-travel consultation can help international travelers to prepare for trip

Research findings pave way to effective strategies for treatment of visceral leishmaniasis

Research findings pave way to effective strategies for treatment of visceral leishmaniasis

New compound could kill parasites of three neglected diseases

New compound could kill parasites of three neglected diseases

Physicians use social media to identify cutaneous leishmaniasis in teen travelers

Physicians use social media to identify cutaneous leishmaniasis in teen travelers

Researchers uncover novel virulence strategies employed by Leishmania parasite

Researchers uncover novel virulence strategies employed by Leishmania parasite

First clinical study for Zika vaccine to begin in Canada

First clinical study for Zika vaccine to begin in Canada

Researchers identify mechanisms triggering hypergammaglobulinemia

Researchers identify mechanisms triggering hypergammaglobulinemia

Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly comes to end after approving many new resolutions

Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly comes to end after approving many new resolutions

First-ever vaccine to combat Leishmaniasis under development

First-ever vaccine to combat Leishmaniasis under development

GHIT Fund invests in two innovative malaria eradication tools

GHIT Fund invests in two innovative malaria eradication tools

Addition of just two DNA bases to LdAQP1 gene helps Black Fever parasite to overcome antimonial drugs

Addition of just two DNA bases to LdAQP1 gene helps Black Fever parasite to overcome antimonial drugs

Humans can tolerate parasites responsible for sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis

Humans can tolerate parasites responsible for sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis

UI researchers remind US doctors to watch for two diseases that could be passed from mother to child

UI researchers remind US doctors to watch for two diseases that could be passed from mother to child