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We are at war with an invisible enemy – five tiny parasites cause some of the most devastating diseases including malaria, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, sleeping sickness and guinea worm disease. These diseases affect 1 in every 18 people in the world.

Explore the challenges we face in fighting five of the most persistent parasites and discover the people who are fighting against them from scientists and researchers in the laboratory to the local communities and workers on the front line. 

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Visit Parasites exhibition

Learn more about these five tropical diseases and the parasites that cause them in our interactive exhibition, Parasites: Battle for Survival is on display at the National Museum of Scotland from 6 December 2019 to 19 April 2020.

School children exploring Parasites exhibition © Neil Hannah

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