Teen scientists in skin disease breakthrough

Two young US researchers make gains in creating a vaccine to treat potentially deadly Leishmaniasis.

    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.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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