Identificación de Leishmania infantum en Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina

Authors

  • Lucrecia ACOSTA Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Alicante Sanatorio Fontilles, Vall de Laguar, Alicante
  • Ricardo DÍAZ Universidad Nacional de Misiones, Posadas, Misiones
  • Pedro TORRES Sanatorio Fontilles, Vall de Laguar, Alicante
  • Gustavo SILVA Universidad Nacional de Misiones, Posadas, Misiones
  • Marina RAMOS Municipalidad de Puerto Iguazú, Misiones
  • Gladys FATTORE Fundación Mundo Sano, Buenos Aires
  • Enrique J. DESCHUTTER Universidad Nacional de Misiones, Posadas, Misiones
  • Fernando J. BORNAY-LLINARES Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Alicante

Abstract

The emergence of zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis (ZVL) in Latin America is a growing public health problem. The urbanization of ZVL has been observed in different countries around the world, and there are a growing number of reports drawing attention to the emergence of this infection in new locations, as well as its increase in previously established areas of endemicity. In the city of Posadas, Misiones province, Northeastern Argentina, the transmission of ZVL associated with canines and Lutzomyia longipalpis was first reported in 2006. In the city of Puerto Iguazú, also in Misiones province, the first human case of ZVL was reported in February 2014. From 209 surveyed dogs, 15 (7.17%) were identified as positive by serological and/or parasitological methods. Amplification was observed in 14 samples and in all cases the species implicated was Leishmania infantum. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first molecular characterization of L. infantum from dogs in this area.

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Published

2015-04-01

How to Cite

ACOSTA, L., DÍAZ, R., TORRES, P., SILVA, G., RAMOS, M., FATTORE, G., DESCHUTTER, E. J., & BORNAY-LLINARES, F. J. (2015). Identificación de Leishmania infantum en Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina. Revista Do Instituto De Medicina Tropical De São Paulo, 57(2), 175-176. Retrieved from http://www.revistas.usp.br/rimtsp/article/view/100981

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Brief Communications