Efficacy of Crude Bark extract of Acacia Polyacantha Against Leishmania Donovani in mice

  • Christine Salbei Kenya Medical Training College, 520, Eldoret 30100 , Kenya
  • Moses Ngeiywa University of Eldoret, 1125, Eldoret 30100 ,Kenya
  • Judith Makwali University of Eldoret 30100 Kenya
Keywords: Efficacy, Leshmaniasis, Acacia Polycantha, Treatment, Splenomegaly, Antimonials


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