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Leishmania infantum

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Synonym(s): L. infantum (L. chagasi in South America)

Introduction

Distribution

  • Mediterranean areas including Southern Europe and North Africa.
  • Middle East, Central Asia, China and South America.

Significance

  • The main cause of visceral Leishmaniasis in humans and dogs in the above described areas.
  • A different species, Leishmania donovani, causes human visceral leishmaniasis in the Indian sub-continent and East Africa. Transmission of this species in the Indian sub-continent and East Africa is thought to be anthroponotic and transmitted between humans by sand flies. No cases of clinical infection with L.donovani sensu stricto have been described in cats to date.

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Pennisi M G, Cardoso L, Baneth G et al (2015) LeishVet update and recommendations on feline leishmaniosis. Parasit Vectors 8, 302 PubMed.
  • Pennisi M G, Hartmann K, Lloret A et al (2013) Leishmaniosis in cats: ABCD guidelines on prevention and management. J Feline Med Surg 15 (7), 638-642 PubMed.