Scientists infected with leishmaniasis during research in French Guiana

Among a multi-national group of 24 scientists conducting research in Saul, French Guiana, in the Amazon rainforest, 7 have been infected with a strain of cutaneous (skin) leishmaniasis.

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Advice For Travellers

The strain of leishmaniasis that is infection these scientists is more difficult to treat, and travellers to this region can reduce their risk of exposure to leishmaniasis by taking all necessary precautions to avoid sand fly bites.

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