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The Departmental Health Service of Tarija is reporting that cases of visceral leishmaniasis are increasing, especially in the municipality of Villa Montes.

Sandfly/James Gathany

“There is an increase in cases of visceral leishmaniasis especially in the municipality of Villa Montes, there are 12 confirmed cases of this pathology in that municipality, which makes us a total of 15 cases of leishmaniasis in all its forms in Villa Montes”.

This compares to two cases  reported last year.

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease spread by the bite of an infected sandfly. The most common types of leishmaniasis are cutaneous and visceral. The cutaneous type causes skin sores, the visceral type affects internal organs such as the spleen, liver, and bone marrow.