Seroepidemiological study of visceral leishmaniasis in Booyerahmad district, south-west Islamic Republic of Iran
AbstractVisceral leishmaniasis [VL] is endemic in parts of Islamic Republic of Iran. A cross-sectional seroprevalence study was carried out in children in Booyerahmad district in the south-west of the country. Serum samples were taken from 1628 children up to 10 years old from different areas in Booyerahmad in 2005-06. Anti-Leishmania antibody was detected in 50 out of 1628 children [3.1%] by direct agglutination test [antibody titre > 1:3200]. There was no significant difference in seropositivity between the sexes [2.8% males and 3.3% females]. The highest rate of infection [5.2%] was in the age group 10 years. Further studies are needed to explore the reservoirs and vectors of the disease in this region
Sarkari, B., Pedram, N., Mohebali, M., Moshfe, A.A., Zargar, M.A. et al. (2010). Seroepidemiological study of visceral leishmaniasis in Booyerahmad district, south-west Islamic Republic of Iran. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118042
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (11), 1133-1136, 2010
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