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Teen scientists in skin disease breakthrough

Two young US researchers make gains in creating a vaccine to treat potentially deadly Leishmaniasis.
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2012 19:57

According to the World Health Organisation, Leishmaniasis, a chronic and sometimes deadly skin disease, is a growing problem which affects the poorest of the poor.

The disease, found in places like the Middle East and South America, is commonly linked to malnutrition, poor housing, and a lack of resources.

There are currently around 15 million cases of Leishmaniasis around the world, with 1.5 to 2 million new cases being diagnosed every year.

But, a vaccine could be on the way, thanks to two unlikely US researchers - and a prestigious science prize.

Al Jazeera's Kimberly Halkett reports from Washington.

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