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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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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

New leishmaniasis look-alike parasitic infection reported

New leishmaniasis look-alike parasitic infection reported

Study: Transmission of protozoan parasite may cause leishmaniasis-like symptoms in people

Study: Transmission of protozoan parasite may cause leishmaniasis-like symptoms in people

Brazilian researchers identify new species of parasite in fatal case of visceral leishmaniasis

Brazilian researchers identify new species of parasite in fatal case of visceral leishmaniasis

2019 ASTMH Annual Meeting to focus on Ebola, monkey malaria, and other infectious diseases

2019 ASTMH Annual Meeting to focus on Ebola, monkey malaria, and other infectious diseases

Study sheds light on the metabolism of Leishmania parasite

Study sheds light on the metabolism of Leishmania parasite

Discovery of protein that may be key to treating tropical diseases

Discovery of protein that may be key to treating tropical diseases

Discovery of molecular mechanism behind spread of leishmania infection

Discovery of molecular mechanism behind spread of leishmania infection

Researchers make scientific breakthrough regarding Leishmania virulence strategy

Researchers make scientific breakthrough regarding Leishmania virulence strategy

Preventing parasites from adhering to mosquito guts could stop disease transmission

Preventing parasites from adhering to mosquito guts could stop disease transmission

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