By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

According to the Dengue and Leishmaniasis Monitoring Bulletin from the Municipal Health Department (SMS) of Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul state, two additional leishmaniasis cases were reported in recent weeks.

Phlebotomus papatasi sand fly/James Gathany

This brings the total leishmaniasis cases to 12 confirmed in the municipality (10 visceral and 2 cutaneous).

Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), also known as kala-azar, or black fever, is the most serious form of leishmaniasis. It is a disease caused by a parasite of the genus Leishmania. Among parasites, it is the second biggest killer in the world after malaria.

Cutaneous leishmaniasis, caused by protozoans of the genus Leishmania, produces skin lesions that are slow to heal.

The bulletin also reports six additional dengue cases, bringing the total to 1717 year to date.