UOFC’s Cumming School of Medicine, has started new research on the fight against Leishmaniasis. Leishmaniasis, is a disease that is transmitted through Sand fly bites.
Although the disease is not local to Calgary, it is a wide spread problem in tropical areas around the world, many of these areas being popular tourist destinations. The disease can appear in three forms, with varying degrees of severity. The most severe form being Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, symptoms include skin legions, ulcers and can result in life long scares and disability.
The World Health Organization estimated that the disease kills around 30,000 people each year. Researchers at UOFC has opened an insectary to study the disease in hopes to discover I cure.