Vectors and reservoirs of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Marvdasht district, southern Islamic Republic of Iran
AbstractAn epidemiological study was made of vectors and reservoirs of cutaneous leishmaniasis in rural regions of Marvdasht, Fars province, southern Islamic Republic of Iran during 2003-04. Using live traps, 126 rodents were collected: 75.4% were Meriones libycus, 14.3% Cricetulus migratorius and 10.3% Microtus arvalis. Eight out of 95 Meriones libycus [8.4%] were found to be infected with Leishmania major, identified by nested-PCR; none of the other rodents were positive. Female sandflies were collected from indoor locations: 75% were Phlebotomus papatasi and only 2.7% were found naturally infected with L. major. This is the first report of P. papatasi as a proven vector of zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis in this area
Rassi, Y., Gassemi, M.M., Javadian, E., Rafizadeh, S., Motazedian, H. et al. (2007). Vectors and reservoirs of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Marvdasht district, southern Islamic Republic of Iran. EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 13 (3), 686-693, 2007 http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117300
JournalEMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 13 (3), 686-693, 2007
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