Serious form of leishmaniasis (kala-azar) is increasing in South Sudan

According to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the number of cases and deaths due to the most serious form of leishmaniasis that affects internal organs (called visceral leishmaniasis or kala-azar) has increased significantly. Compared to last year when there were slightly more than 1,600 cases and 45 deaths, this year there are 4,939 cases and 152 deaths since January.

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Advice For Travellers

It is difficult to estimate the risk of exposure for the general traveller in this country, especially in the remote areas of northern Jonglei and southern Upper Nile states. Although the risk for the may be low, travellers to this region can minimize their risk of exposure to leishmaniasis by taking all necessary precautions to avoid sand fly bites.

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