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These students went to Kenya to find ways to prevent one of the world’s deadliest tropical diseases.

You may never have heard of visceral leishmaniasis, even though it’s the second deadliest parasitic disease in the world.

As far as this type of disease goes, Doctors Without Borders says it’s topped only by malaria and is nearly always fatal if not treated.

But its occurrence among impoverished and marginalized people in locations including Brazil, East Africa and India have led to its being overlooked as a subject of study and treatment, giving it the official status of a neglected tropical disease.

Northeastern students Grace Kennedy and Katherine O’Brien want to change that.

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