Threat to control dormant leishmaniasis parasites

By Eldon Opiyo [NAIROBI] Parasites that cause leishmaniasis — a neglected tropical disease transmitted by sand flies — could adopt a dormant phase that might render them invisible to drugs and the host’s immune system, a study suggests. According to the WHO, about 50,000 to 90,000 new cases of the most serious form of the …

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Lurking parasites key to malaria elimination

By Michelle Kovacevic Eliminating the most widespread form of malaria will only be possible if public health programmes treat people with parasites lying dormant in their liver, a study suggests. More than 2.5 billion people, mostly in Asia, the Horn of Africa and Latin America, live at risk of malaria caused by the Plasmodium vivax …

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