Leishmaniasis – Bolivia

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A possible outbreak of leishmaniasis was investigated in the city of Villa Montes Bolivia.

Two cases will potentially be registered after field and socialization work

Fieldwork will be done in the surroundings and inside the house where the suspects are held.

Photo: Leishmania tropica, one of more than 15 species.

Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by parasites and spread by the bite of a certain sandfly. The cutaneous form presents with skin ulcers. Risk factors include poverty, malnutrition, deforestation, and urbanization. Leishmaniasis can be partly prevented by sleeping under nets treated with insecticide and fumigation.

Leishmaniasis occurs in some 98 countries and affects about 2 million people yearly, and causes between 20 and 50 thousand deaths.

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