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Diagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis in Bihar India

Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), also known as Kala-azar in the Indian subcontinent is a neglected tropical disease caused by Leishmania donovani (L. donovani) that is transmitted by the bite of an infected sandfly [1]. VL is highly endemic in the Indian subcontinent and in East Africa. Since VL is a fatal disease, it is essential that the diagnosis be as sensitive as possible.

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Visceral leishmaniasis (kala-azar) diagnosis and treatment in India

Visceral leishmaniasis, or kala-azar (KA), is a tropical disease spread by the bite of a sand fly that carries the parasite Leishmania donovani. Kala-azar is endemic in India where the incidence of new cases is about 147,000–283,000 annually. Treatment duration is long and available drugs are toxic, requiring monitoring and… 

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