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The skinny on leishmaniasis

Lethal Leishmania parasite abundant in skin patches

University of York scientists have shown skin, not just blood, is a major route by which Leishmania parasites spread from visceral leishmaniasis (VL) patients to the sand fly vector and back to a new host. The findings add a new dimension to epidemiological models for the disease, and give drug developers another angle to consider when testing therapies to prevent or treat it.

Leishmania parasites require mammalian hosts and a sand fly vector that transmits the infection between hosts. Because sand flies are known to feed off pooled blood

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