One New Discovery Could Treat 3 Neglected Diseases
An experimental compound could kill parasites that cause Chagas disease, sleeping sickness and leishmaniasis.By Ryan Biek | August 9, 2016
One new discovery might eventually fight three tropical diseases.
Parasites that cause Chagas disease, leishmaniasis and so-called sleeping sickness infect a combined 20 million people each year –– mostly in poorer communities in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Funding for treatment has been a problem compared to other diseases. While more than 50,000 people die each year due to those three illnesses, experts say people infected with the highly publicized Zika virus rarely get sick enough to need medical attention.