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Unique strains of Brazilian leishmaniasis set apart by genetics

09:00 EST 1 Dec 2016 | Medical Xpress

Some of the roughly 1 million cases a year of the parasitic disease leishmaniasis don't fit with the standard definition of the disease—the patients have unusual symptoms and front-line medicines don't work. Now, researchers have discovered why many of these cases are so different—they're caused by parasites with distinct genetic variations. The finding, reported in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, was made by studying patients in northeast Brazil but may hold true elsewhere around the world.

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