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What is visceral leishmaniasis?

This video, narrated by leading academic Dr Vanessa Yardley, introduces you to the very basics of visceral leishmaniasis.

This step will describe what leishmaniasis is with reference to the parasite life cycle and the disease it can cause. Some commonly-used definitions will be explained.


Definition of a parasite: A parasite can be defined as an organism which lives in or on another host from which it obtains nourishment, to the detriment of the host.

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Control and Elimination of Visceral Leishmaniasis

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