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  • Study uncovers cause of aggressive leishmaniasis strain

    Source: https://www.scidev.net/global/health...is-strain.html


    16/12/19
    Study uncovers cause of aggressive leishmaniasis strain

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    Scientists discover cause of aggressive form of leishmaniasis disease
    Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis disfigures the face and can be fatal
    Researchers say findings will assist in development of new drugs

    By: Fabíola Ortiz

    After six years of research, Brazilian scientists have discovered that the presence of the Leishmania RNA virus in disease-carrying parasites leads to more aggressive forms of leishmaniasis, a discovery they say opens the way to new treatments.

    Considered a neglected disease, leishmaniasis is endemic in 98 countries and causes 70,000 deaths a year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The disease comes in three forms: visceral (the most severe form), cutaneous (the most common), and mucocutaneous.

    Biologist Dario Zamboni, of the University of São Paulo's Ribeirão Preto Medical School, said: “Our study demonstrates that the presence of the virus increases by at least three times the possibility of mucocutaneous leishmaniasis, which destroys and disfigures a patient’s face.”...
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