Visceral leishmaniasis


Visceral leishmaniasis is spread by the bite of sandflies. This type of leishmaniasis affects the internal organs, usually the spleen, liver, and bone marrow.


Some people have no symptoms. For others, symptoms may include fever, weight loss, and swelling of the spleen or liver.


There are medications to kill the parasites. If left untreated, severe cases are typically fatal.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017

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