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