As 'flesh-eating' Leishmania come closer, a vaccine against them does, too

Credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty ImagesUS and Brazilian researchers say they’ve taken a big step toward a vaccine that could stop a flesh-eating parasite that’s moving northward due to climate change. Leishmaniasis is a disfiguring condition that causes skin ulcers and boils and sometimes launches potentially life-threatening attacks on the digestive system. It’s caused by a single-celled pest that’s passed to humans by the bite of the sand fly, sickening as many as 1 million people a year and killing up to 30,000, according to the World Health Organization. But scientists may have found a way to disrupt the Leishmania parasite using a bioengineered, virus-like particle and a compound that unmasks the parasite and opens it up to attack from the body’s own defenses. “It can help the whole immune system to target this parasite,” said Alexandre Marques, a microbiologist who studies parasites at Brazil’s Federal University of Minas Gerais. “It won’t allow this parasite to reproduce inside your ce

As 'flesh-eating' Leishmania come closer, a vaccine against them does, too

Parasites that ulcerate the skin, can disfigure the face, and may fatally mutilate its victim's internal organs are creeping closer to the southern edges of the United States.

Wed 13 Sep 17 from Medical Xpress

As 'Flesh-Eating' Leishmania Come Closer, a Vaccine Against Them Does, Too, Wed 13 Sep 17 from Newswise

Leishmaniasis is a parasite that is moving northward as temperatures warm, but US and Brazilian researchers say a vaccine may be on the way.

Credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty ImagesUS and Brazilian researchers say they’ve taken a big step toward a vaccine that could stop a flesh-eating parasite that’s moving northward ...

Wed 13 Sep 17 from Discovery News

As 'flesh-eating' Leishmania come closer, a vaccine against them does, too

Boils the size of sand dollars, facial damage reminiscent of acid wounds, death by maiming of the liver and spleen. Leishmania parasites inflict suffering around the world that is the stuff ...

Wed 13 Sep 17 from ScienceDaily

As 'flesh-eating' Leishmania come closer, a vaccine against them does, too, Wed 13 Sep 17 from Eurekalert

As ‘Flesh-Eating’ Leishmania Comes Closer, a Vaccine Against It Does, Too

Parasites that ulcerate the skin, can disfigure the face, and may fatally mutilate two internal organs are creeping closer to the southern edges of the United States. ... Read more

Wed 13 Sep 17 from Science Blog

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