Leishmaniasis in Iran - a growing problem

Cutaneous (skin) leishmaniasis is an increasing public health problem in Iran. Recently, the chancellor of Tehran University of Medical Sciences announced that every year 20,000 cases of leishmaniasis are wrongly diagnosed as other types of skin disease. Reports of cases of leishmaniasis have been increasing in Tehran as well as in some other large or medium-sized cities and their outskirts . Outbreaks are related to population increases, unplanned urban development and an increase in the sandfly population.

Travellers to Iran can reduce their risk of exposure to leishmaniasis by taking all necessary precautions to avoid sand fly bites.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Leishmaniasis.

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