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09 - 08 - 2016

Sleeping sickness, Chagas and Leishmaniosis, soon in the past?

Researchers have identified an inhibitor that could target three parasites responsible for deadly diseases. These three parasites, with a closely resembling genome and biology, are carried by infected insects (tsetse flies, kissing bugs and sand-flies). The candidate drug was effective in mice but toxicity studies still need to be conducted before the drug can enter the first phases of clinical trials in humans. The stake are high, since the three diseases affect about 20 million people, mainly in Africa and Latin America, and are responsible for over 50,000 deaths each year.