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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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DNDi unveils plans to better respond to the needs of neglected patients

DNDi unveils plans to better respond to the needs of neglected patients

Cepheid, FIND unveil new portable molecular diagnostics system for patients suspected of TB, HIV and Ebola

Cepheid, FIND unveil new portable molecular diagnostics system for patients suspected of TB, HIV and Ebola

Bay Area Lyme Foundation announces winners of 2015 Emerging Leader Award

Bay Area Lyme Foundation announces winners of 2015 Emerging Leader Award

New ground-breaking initiative aims to find new treatments for leishmaniasis and Chagas disease

New ground-breaking initiative aims to find new treatments for leishmaniasis and Chagas disease

GHIT Fund expands investments in leishmaniasis, diagnostic tests

GHIT Fund expands investments in leishmaniasis, diagnostic tests

Cepheid, FIND announce receipt of CE-IVD status for Xpert HIV-1 Qual test

Cepheid, FIND announce receipt of CE-IVD status for Xpert HIV-1 Qual test

India and Canada announce funding to improve maternal, child health in India

India and Canada announce funding to improve maternal, child health in India

WHO urges affected countries to increase investment in tackling neglected tropical diseases

WHO urges affected countries to increase investment in tackling neglected tropical diseases

Scientists identify potential target to combat leishmaniasis

Scientists identify potential target to combat leishmaniasis

DNDi awarded USAID grant to develop new treatments for river blindness, elephantiasis

DNDi awarded USAID grant to develop new treatments for river blindness, elephantiasis

Bayer, DNDi sign first agreement to develop new oral treatment for onchocerciasis

Bayer, DNDi sign first agreement to develop new oral treatment for onchocerciasis

Study highlights connections between climate change and new outbreak of diseases

Study highlights connections between climate change and new outbreak of diseases

AfriCoLeish launches Phase III clinical study to test 2 treatments for HIV-VL co-infected patients

AfriCoLeish launches Phase III clinical study to test 2 treatments for HIV-VL co-infected patients

Prevalence of NTDs in Latin American countries presents opportunity for US foreign policy

Prevalence of NTDs in Latin American countries presents opportunity for US foreign policy

Celgene Global Health, DNDi expand partnership to identify new drug candidates for NTDs

Celgene Global Health, DNDi expand partnership to identify new drug candidates for NTDs

Fogarty receives three grants for research focused on biodiversity conservation

Fogarty receives three grants for research focused on biodiversity conservation

Researchers review effectiveness of RDTs in diagnosing visceral leishmaniasis

Researchers review effectiveness of RDTs in diagnosing visceral leishmaniasis

Scientists explore why Leishmania parasites develop resistance against existing drugs

Scientists explore why Leishmania parasites develop resistance against existing drugs

Drug used to treat TB may also act against various infections, says study

Drug used to treat TB may also act against various infections, says study

WHO to highlight increasing threat of vector-borne diseases on World Health Day 2014

WHO to highlight increasing threat of vector-borne diseases on World Health Day 2014