kala azar Current Affairs, GK & News

Kala azar or visceral leishmaniasis is a severe form of leishmaniasis, a protozoan disease caused by Leishmania parasites. It is transmitted by insect vectors (sandflies) that are found in the tropical and temperate regions. Among parasitic diseases, kala azar is the 2nd largest killer after malaria. It affects internal organs like spleen, liver and bone barrow and results in death if left untreated. 18 cases have been reported this year in Bihar though the state government has set a target to eliminate the disease by 2022.

New Biomolecules to fight Kala Azar Drug Resistance

A team of researchers from Department of Biotechnology, National Centre for Cell Science have found ways to combat drug resistance of Kala Azar disease. Miltefosine is the only drug available against Leishmaniasis or Kala Azar and is losing its effectiveness lately. What is the issue? The transporter proteins play a major role in carrying miltefosine ..

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India misses 2017 deadline for Kala Azar elimination

India has missed December 2017 deadline announced for elimination of Kala Azar (black fever) in 2017-18 Budget by the Union Government. Elimination in this case is defined as reducing annual incidence of disease to less than 1 case per 10,000 people at the sub-district level. Endemic blocks In recent times endemic blocks have increased from ..

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