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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 and sanofi-aventis expand programme to fight neglected tropical diseases

WHO and sanofi-aventis expand programme to fight neglected tropical diseases

Bill Gates puts hand in pocket and gives $70 million for research into tropical diseases

Bill Gates puts hand in pocket and gives $70 million for research into tropical diseases

Potential vaccine for visceral leishmaniasis developed

Potential vaccine for visceral leishmaniasis developed

Argentina and Brazil join forces to produce AIDS drugs

Argentina and Brazil join forces to produce AIDS drugs

Wellcome Trust awards £8.1 million to tackle tropical diseases

Wellcome Trust awards £8.1 million to tackle tropical diseases

Significant step forward in the genome era

Significant step forward in the genome era

A breakthrough in R&D for neglected diseases

A breakthrough in R&D for neglected diseases

Successful visceral leishmaniasis vaccine trial in dog

Successful visceral leishmaniasis vaccine trial in dog

Genome studies may help target new drugs to fight them

Genome studies may help target new drugs to fight them

Scientists sequence the genomes of three species of parasites responsible for causing diseases that kill or cripple millions

Scientists sequence the genomes of three species of parasites responsible for causing diseases that kill or cripple millions

Flavonols in food, key to healthy eating?

Flavonols in food, key to healthy eating?

New highly active agents against leishmaniasis

New highly active agents against leishmaniasis

All patients in study clear parasite that causes African sleeping sickness

All patients in study clear parasite that causes African sleeping sickness

Discovery of a central memory form of helper T cells that can offer immunity to leishmaniasis

Discovery of a central memory form of helper T cells that can offer immunity to leishmaniasis

WHO tackles the parasitic disease Leishmaniasis in Afghanistan

WHO tackles the parasitic disease Leishmaniasis in Afghanistan

Breakthrough discovery on Leishmaniasis, world's most deadly tropical diseases

Breakthrough discovery on Leishmaniasis, world's most deadly tropical diseases

Researchers discover how world’s most serous tropical diseases - Leishmaniasis is spread

Researchers discover how world’s most serous tropical diseases - Leishmaniasis is spread

U.S. team to battle malaria in Peru

U.S. team to battle malaria in Peru

UK pet owners who take their animals on holiday to Europe could bring back tropical diseases

UK pet owners who take their animals on holiday to Europe could bring back tropical diseases

Immtech signs agreement with CombinatoRx to test Immtech compounds as potential cancer treatment

Immtech signs agreement with CombinatoRx to test Immtech compounds as potential cancer treatment