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2008-12-18 09:00:00

SEATTLE, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- IDRI (Infectious Disease Research Institute) today announced it has received a 3-year, $7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop new methods of diagnosis and care management for patients in Africa who are infected with Leishmania donovani -- the parasite that causes visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in the region. Visceral leishmaniasis is a serious, potentially lethal, systemic parasitic illness that has caused epidemics in...

2008-12-18 09:44:34

Hundreds of millions of people, mainly in developing countries, are disabled by infectious diseases, according to the World Health Organization.More than 12 million people in 88 countries are infected with leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease spread by the bite of infected sand flies. Nearly 2 million new cases are reported and about 70,000 people die from the disease annually.Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have discovered that compounds derived from a natural product can...

2008-12-08 12:10:15

Australian scientists say they have filmed an immune cell as it becomes infected by a parasite and followed the infection as it spread throughout the body. Researchers led by Professor Wolfgang Weninger at the Centenary Institute said they used high powered, multi-photon microscopy that allowed real cells to be viewed in real time. Using multi-photon microscopy, we studied dendritic cells in the skin, Weninger said. Under normal conditions we found the cells in the epidermis (top layer) were...

2008-12-03 16:27:03

Forget what's number one at the box office this week. The most exciting new film features the intricate workings of the body, filmed by scientists using ground-breaking technology.For the first time in Australia, scientists at Sydney's Centenary Institute have filmed an immune cell becoming infected by a parasite and followed the infection as it begins to spread throughout the body.Professor Wolfgang Weninger, head of the Immune Imaging program at the Centenary Institute, says the discovery...

2008-09-15 15:00:11

British and Scottish scientists say they've come up with a better way to separate parasites from their host cells, allowing detailed studies of their proteins. The researchers, led by Toni Aebischer of the Institute of Immunology and Infection Research at the University of Edinburgh, said their new method will allow a thorough analysis of proteins involved in parasitic organisms. That, in turn, might be tremendously useful for drug or vaccine development, Aebischer said. Until now, the...

2005-08-03 15:12:53

Visceral leishmaniasis, which is the most severe form of that group of diseases, affects 500 000 people in the world each year. It is caused by a protozoan, Leishmania infantum, transmitted by sand fly bites. There is no vaccine for this disease, which can rapidly lead to death if no treatment is given. In the most heavily affected areas, the dog population is hit heavily by infection. It acts as parasite reservoir for humans. Development of a vaccine for dogs could help brake transmission of...

2005-07-14 16:35:00

An international group of researchers working in more than 20 laboratories around the globe have determined genetic blueprints for the parasites that cause three deadly insect-borne diseases: African sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease. The research, funded in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, is published in this week's issue of Science. Knowing the full genetic make-up of the three...

2005-07-14 16:30:00

A team of international scientists has sequenced the genomes of three species of parasites responsible for causing diseases that kill or cripple millions, primarily in tropical and sub-tropical countries. Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists who participated in the project say the sequencing of the genomes of the parasitic protozoa that cause Chagas disease, African sleeping sickness, and leishmaniasis, could significantly impact world health. Some of the genes discovered may...

2005-07-14 16:55:00

An international consortium of scientists has unraveled the genomes of three deadly parasites, and these genome sequences will be published in the July 15, 2005, edition of the premier research journal Science. The sequences of these related parasites "“ which cause African sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis "“ provide a foundation for developing much-needed new drugs to combat these infectious diseases that affect millions of people around the world. Seattle...

2005-07-14 16:25:00

Scientists have sequenced and compared the genomes of three of the parasites responsible for sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis, three devastating diseases of the developing world. These parasites collectively cause disease and death in millions of humans each year, and the new genome sequences provide critical information for drug and vaccine developers, according to new research appearing in the 15 July 2005 issue of the journal Science, published by AAAS, the nonprofit...

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2007-01-19 19:37:55

Egyptian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon) is found in Africa and Spain, quite commonly in Sudan. It has recently been discovered as being a reservoir host for Visceral Leishmaniasis in Sudan.

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