Leishmania infection (cont.)
If not treated, visceral leishmaniasis can cause death. It is very rare for travelers to get visceral leishmaniasis. The best way for travelers to prevent getting leishmaniasis is by protecting themselves from sand fly bites. Vaccines and drugs for preventing infection are not yet available. To decrease their risk of being bitten, travelers should:
NOTE: Bed nets, repellents containing DEET, and permethrin should be purchased before traveling and can be found in hardware, camping, and military surplus stores.
NOTE ALSO: Some people have had cutaneous leishmaniasis more than once. Therefore, you should follow the preventive measures listed above whenever you are in an area where leishmaniasis is found.
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012
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