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leishmaniasis




Also called kala-azar, a chronic tropical disease, particularly of the young, caused by protozoa and carried by sandflies; it causes fever, systemic disturbance, anemia, enlargement of the spleen and liver, and susceptibility to infection. It causes a chronic skin condition (oriental sore) with ulceration and crusting, which may also affect mucous membranes of the nose and pharynx.


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