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How does pentamidine treat leishmaniasis?

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease contracted through the bites of infected sand flies. Depending on the disease's form, leishmaniasis may cause skin sores or affect internal organs. While extremely rare in the United States, leishmaniasis can be contracted in tropic and subtropic regions. Leishmaniasis can be deadly if it affects internal organs. Pentamidine injections treat leishmaniasis by killing the parasite responsible for the disease.

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