The disease, Kala-azar or visceral leishmaniasis, is spread by parasite-infected sandflies. 'Your immune system breaks down and you die of other infections,' a medical worker said. Kala-azar has been diagnosed elsewhere in the world , but the worst epidemics have probably been in Africa, medical officials said.
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Nairobi (Reuter) - An Aids- like wasting disease has killed 60,000 people in an area of southern Sudan cut off by civil war from outside medical help, United Nations and relief sources said yesterday.