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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

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

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