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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.

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WHO issues new road map to tackle neglected tropical diseases

WHO issues new road map to tackle neglected tropical diseases

Researchers reach important milestone in leishmaniasis vaccine development

Researchers reach important milestone in leishmaniasis vaccine development

Scientists decipher the structure of protein found in parasites that cause neglected tropical diseases

Scientists decipher the structure of protein found in parasites that cause neglected tropical diseases

World Health Organization, Sanofi sign new agreement to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

World Health Organization, Sanofi sign new agreement to eliminate neglected tropical diseases

Study identifies protein as potential therapeutic target for leishmaniasis vaccines

Study identifies protein as potential therapeutic target for leishmaniasis vaccines

New, effective CRISPR-based gene drive approach to control transmission of malaria parasites

New, effective CRISPR-based gene drive approach to control transmission of malaria parasites

Combination of peptides and antibiotics could be key to eliminating Leishmania parasites

Combination of peptides and antibiotics could be key to eliminating Leishmania parasites

Combination of antibiotics and peptides could eliminate parasite-causing leishmaniasis

Combination of antibiotics and peptides could eliminate parasite-causing leishmaniasis

New position statement clarifies WHO's stance on the use of genetically modified mosquitoes

New position statement clarifies WHO's stance on the use of genetically modified mosquitoes

Scientists to use CRISPR gene-editing technology for Phase 1 vaccine trials in humans

Scientists to use CRISPR gene-editing technology for Phase 1 vaccine trials in humans

Azelastine antihistamine inhibits SARS-CoV-2 infection in nasal tissue in vitro

Azelastine antihistamine inhibits SARS-CoV-2 infection in nasal tissue in vitro

Researchers unlock new insights that may help inform vaccine design for infectious diseases

Researchers unlock new insights that may help inform vaccine design for infectious diseases

New chemical could potentially lead to a cure for neglected tropical diseases

New chemical could potentially lead to a cure for neglected tropical diseases

Study explores genetic mechanisms underlying resistance to leishmaniasis

Study explores genetic mechanisms underlying resistance to leishmaniasis

Wasan lab develops novel oral formulation to treat systemic fungal infections

Wasan lab develops novel oral formulation to treat systemic fungal infections

Novartis and DNDi to partner on development of new oral treatment for visceral leishmaniasis

Novartis and DNDi to partner on development of new oral treatment for visceral leishmaniasis

Clemson researchers discover protein function in parasites which afflict millions with diseases

Clemson researchers discover protein function in parasites which afflict millions with diseases

Scientists develop concept to tackle tropical disease

Scientists develop concept to tackle tropical disease

International consortium to receive BRL 43.5 million for discovering drugs to treat neglected diseases

International consortium to receive BRL 43.5 million for discovering drugs to treat neglected diseases

'African eye worm' hampers efforts to eliminate river blindness, study shows

'African eye worm' hampers efforts to eliminate river blindness, study shows