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Scottish Scientist’s Research Could Stop Deadly Parasite

Leishmania is a parasite that infects 1 million people each year causing 20,000-30,000 deaths. Researcher’s from the University of Edinburgh have made a discovery that has improved scientists understanding of how the parasite functions and as a result how to target the infectious parasite.

The Leishmania parasite tends to be found in the tropics and subtropics of Europe and is transmitted through infected sandflies. The disease affects some of the poorest populations in the world with poor housing, sanitation and malnutrition which are all major risk factors for the disease.

With limited options for treating Leishmania, this research could help to develop a new treatment.

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