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Who gets ill?

What are the risk factors for VL?
Prof (Dr) Mitali Chatterjee talks about kala-azar risk factors in India.

What factors can drive transmission or make people susceptible to getting infected with visceral leishmaniasis?

The graph below summarises some of the risk factors that have been associated with higher levels of infection or outbreaks of visceral leishmaniasis (Alvar, Yactayo & Bern, 2006:p.555) [1].

By focusing control efforts on VL risk factors, programmes aim to break transmission of disease and ultimately reduce the burden of infection.

Risk factors previously associated with visceral leishmaniasis Risk factors previously associated with visceral leishmaniasis (Click to expand)

In the following interview with Prof (Dr) Mitali Chatterjee from Post-Graduate Medical Institute in Kolkata, India, listen carefully to spot some of the most common risk factors for VL.

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Control and Elimination of Visceral Leishmaniasis

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