Deadly parasitic disease grips southern Sudan

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 16 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1133
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

    Doctors are calling on drug companies and research institutes to develop a cheaper and more effective treatment for kala azar—a disease that is devastating the war torn population of southern Sudan.

    The aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières warned that kala azar, also known as visceral leishmaniasis, was nearing epidemic levels among the malnourished population of Sudan, which has seen two decades of civil war.

    The agency, which has a clinic in Lankien in the Eastern Upper Nile state, has received more than 100 admissions …

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