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East Africa Needs Money to Combat Parasitic Disease, Group Says

East Africa’s worst outbreak in a decade of visceral leishmaniasis, the deadliest parasitic disease after malaria, could ease if donors paid more attention to the illness, a non-profit research group said.

Funding for wider access to treatment is needed to reduce the number of deaths from the disease, which infects about half a million people and kills as many as 60,000 a year in 70 countries, Leishmaniasis East Africa Platform, or LEAP, said in a statement from Nairobi today. Most cases of visceral leishmaniasis, or kala azar, are in India and South Sudan.