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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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Nectar of common plants could be used to help fight Leishmania infections

Nectar of common plants could be used to help fight Leishmania infections

Study investigates the detection of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in urine

Study investigates the detection of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in urine

Nanotech imaging device shows potential to make disease diagnosis with smartphones

Nanotech imaging device shows potential to make disease diagnosis with smartphones

Uncovering a new molecule that shows potential as antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning

Uncovering a new molecule that shows potential as antidote for carbon monoxide poisoning

Mapping access to HIV care

Mapping access to HIV care

WHO and Sanofi sign new agreement to sustain specific efforts to eliminate NTDs

WHO and Sanofi sign new agreement to sustain specific efforts to eliminate NTDs

COVID Moonshot receives key funding to accelerate drug discovery efforts

COVID Moonshot receives key funding to accelerate drug discovery efforts

VALIDATE Network’s TB vaccine work receives $1.5 million funding boost

VALIDATE Network’s TB vaccine work receives $1.5 million funding boost

Study: Neglecting development of therapeutics may repeat history and replicate vaccine inequality

Study: Neglecting development of therapeutics may repeat history and replicate vaccine inequality

Zoonotic and vector-borne emerging tropical diseases pose a constant threat

Zoonotic and vector-borne emerging tropical diseases pose a constant threat

ANTICOV clinical trial to test new treatment for people with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in Africa

ANTICOV clinical trial to test new treatment for people with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in Africa

Trial results show leishmaniasis vaccine is safe and induces immune responses in patients

Trial results show leishmaniasis vaccine is safe and induces immune responses in patients

Study reveals arsenal used by protozoans to make leishmaniasis more severe

Study reveals arsenal used by protozoans to make leishmaniasis more severe

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