Leishmaniasis now seen more often in first world

The global prevalence of leishmaniasis, disease caused by a variety of protozoan parasites found in semi-arid areas of Asia, the Middle East and Africa as well as in the forests of Central and South America, is estimated at 12 million.

Incidence is growing in the West, particularly among ecotourists, missionaries and soldiers, research shows.

Israeli doctors reporting on four cases of the disease warned more cases would likely be seen in Western countries due to climate change, migration and travel.

J Oral and Maxillofac