Operational research to identify amenable barriers to kala-azar elimination in Bangladesh
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is caused by protozoan Leishmania transmitted by the bite of Phlebotomus sand flies. The disease causes fever, emaciation, enlargement of liver and spleen, and darkening of the skin. Globally there are 200,000 to 400,000 VL cases from 79 countries and 20,000 to 40,000 consequent deaths annually. Eighty percent of the global VL cases are reported from South Asia where the disease is known as kala-azar meaning black fever. In Bangladesh, 12,000 to 25,000 kala-azar...[Show more]
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