Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease caused by different species of the genus Leishmania, transmitted through the bite of hematophagous female phlebotomine sand flies. The clinical spectrum ranges from asymptomatic to clinically overt disease which can remain localized to the skin or disseminate to the upper oral and respiratory mucous membranes or throughout the reticulo-endothelial system. Three main clinical syndromes have been described: visceral, cutaneous, and mucocutaneousleishmaniasis. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 12 million people are infected with leishmaniasis across 98 countries.As many as 20,000-30,000 die at the hands of the disease yearly; millions more are permanently scarred.
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