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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

People successfully treated for visceral leishmaniasis can still infect others, study confirms

People successfully treated for visceral leishmaniasis can still infect others, study confirms

Increasing awareness about visceral leishmaniasis could help reduce fatalities, disease transmission

Increasing awareness about visceral leishmaniasis could help reduce fatalities, disease transmission

Consortium receives EU grant to develop new treatment for leishmaniasis

Consortium receives EU grant to develop new treatment for leishmaniasis

Southern Research team aims to discover new, safer antimalarial medicines

Southern Research team aims to discover new, safer antimalarial medicines

Europe under major threat from vector-borne diseases

Europe under major threat from vector-borne diseases

Geographical range of vector-borne diseases expands rapidly, shows research

Geographical range of vector-borne diseases expands rapidly, shows research

New survey indicates need of attention to neglected tropical diseases

New survey indicates need of attention to neglected tropical diseases

Shorter treatment for Chagas disease found to be effective and safer than standard treatment

Shorter treatment for Chagas disease found to be effective and safer than standard treatment

Researchers unravel how the immune system responds to diffuse cutaneous leishmanisis

Researchers unravel how the immune system responds to diffuse cutaneous leishmanisis

Study finds how miR-132 acts as ‘handbrake’ on our immune system

Study finds how miR-132 acts as ‘handbrake’ on our immune system

New 'electronic nose' is 95% accurate in identifying deadly disease

New 'electronic nose' is 95% accurate in identifying deadly disease

New research on viral biology could lead to efficient vaccines against leishmaniasis

New research on viral biology could lead to efficient vaccines against leishmaniasis

New drug for sleeping sickness approved in the Democratic Republic of Congo

New drug for sleeping sickness approved in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Combination therapy shows high efficacy in treating people with leishmaniasis and HIV

Combination therapy shows high efficacy in treating people with leishmaniasis and HIV

Natural flavonoid is effective at treating leishmanisis infections, study shows

Natural flavonoid is effective at treating leishmanisis infections, study shows

Blood-suckers carrying malaria parasites can be traced back up to 100 million years

Blood-suckers carrying malaria parasites can be traced back up to 100 million years

EMA recommends first all-oral treatment to tackle deadly sleeping sickness

EMA recommends first all-oral treatment to tackle deadly sleeping sickness

Researchers identify genes that could help predict treatment outcomes for parasitic disease

Researchers identify genes that could help predict treatment outcomes for parasitic disease

Clinical trial begins to find better treatment for chronic cases of PKDL in Africa

Clinical trial begins to find better treatment for chronic cases of PKDL in Africa

Researchers report increasing incidence of visceral leishmaniasis in Brazil

Researchers report increasing incidence of visceral leishmaniasis in Brazil