Symptoms may appear a month or two after the bite of the sand fly. This includes:
- Weight loss.
- Enlarged liver and spleen.
- Reduction of RBCs (red blood cells) in the blood.
- Night sweating.
- Increase in hair fall.
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a rare disease, which is characterized by irregular bouts of fever, substantial weight loss, swelling of the spleen and liver, and anaemia (which may be serious). It is commonly known as kala-azar. It usually occurs a month or two after being bitten by a sand fly.
Almost 500,000 new cases occur each year around the world. The clinical forms of this disease can be treated with the pentavalent antimonial compounds.
It is important to contact a doctor, as soon as you feel sick and unhealthy. Since, one cannot recall about being bitten by a sand fly, it would be hard to diagnose quickly.
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