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Infectious diseases

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    The most common infectious diseases which have been featured on postage stamps are tuberculosis, leprosy, smallpox, and malaria. The stamps have been issued to commemorate specific milestones in diagnosis or treatment (for example, Robert Koch and tuberculosis), to raise funds for specific organisations, or to promote international campaigns, such as “The world united against malaria” World Health Organisation campaign of 1962. Other infectious diseases may have appeared on only a single stamp. Leishmaniasis was depicted on the 1985 Kenya stamp to mark the 7th International Congress of Protozoology held in Nairobi from 22–29 June in 1985. The stamp shows an infected patient with cutaneous lesions, and the vector and the life cycle of the organism.

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