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Leishmaniasis needs more attention: it causes skin lesions, and can kill

Leishmaniasis ranks on the World Health Organisation’s list of neglected tropical diseases, along with the usual suspects such as dengue, chikungunya and rabies.

But there’s a strong likelihood that it’s a disease you have never heard of. What’s even more surprising is that thousands of people in 89 countries across all continents, except Antarctica, die from the disease every year while an estimated 1.5 - 2 million are infected annually. Another 1 billion people are at high risk of infection.

Like malaria, leishmaniasis is caused by a parasite that is carried by an insect – in this case, a female sandfly. After malaria it ranks as the second most deadly protozoan disease…

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