Leishmaniasis

Common Name(s)

Leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease spread by the bite of infected sand flies. There are several different forms of leishmaniasis. The most common are cutaneous and visceral. The cutaneous type causes skin sores. The visceral type affects internal organs such as the spleen, liver and bone marrow. People with this form usually have fever, weight loss, and an enlarged spleen and liver. Visceral disease can be deadly without proper treatment. Leishmaniasis is found in parts of the Middle East, Central America, South American, Asia, Africa, and southern Europe. Most of these countries are in the tropics and subtropics. It is possible but very unlikely to get this disease in the United States.
 

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The terms "Leishmaniasis" returned 2329 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Leishmaniasis in high-burden countries: an epidemiological update based on data reported in 2014.
 

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Journal: Wkly. Epidemiol. Rec.. 2016 Jun;91(22):287-96.

 

Last Updated: 3 Jun 2016

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[Determination of Leishmania species by PCR-RFLP in the smear samples taken from the lesions of cutaneous leishmaniasis cases].
 

Author(s): Hatice Ertabaklar, Sema Ertuğ, Serçin Özlem Çalışkan, Bülent Bozdoğan

Journal: Mikrobiyol Bul. 2016 Apr;50(2):300-6.

 

The forms of the disease caused by Leishmania species in Turkey as well as in Aegean region are cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis (CL and VL, respectively), and the agent of CL is commonly L.tropica. However, L.infantum was also reported as being CL agent recently. Direct microscopic ...

Last Updated: 14 May 2016

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Ecological niches and blood sources of sand fly in an endemic focus of visceral leishmaniasis in Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan, China.
 

Author(s): Huiying Chen, Kaili Li, Hua Shi, Yong Zhang, Yu Ha, Yan Wang, Jinjin Jiang, Yubin Wang, Zhenzhou Yang, Jiannong Xu, Yajun Ma

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Sand fly Phlebotomus chinensis is a principle vector for the visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in China with a wide geographic distribution. Jiuzhaigou, Sichuan is a mountain type endemic area of VL in China. Long term effective control efforts in the region have successfully reduced VL ...

Last Updated: 14 Apr 2016

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The terms "Leishmaniasis" returned 223 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Current challenges in treatment options for visceral leishmaniasis in India: a public health perspective.
 

Author(s): Om Prakash Singh, Bhawana Singh, Jaya Chakravarty, Shyam Sundar

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Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a serious parasitic disease causing considerable mortality and major disability in the Indian subcontinent. It is most neglected tropical disease, particularly in terms of new drug development for the lack of financial returns. An elimination campaign ...

Last Updated: 8 Mar 2016

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Treatment of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Caused by Leishmania aethiopica: A Systematic Review.
 

Author(s): Johan van Griensven, Endalamaw Gadisa, Abraham Aseffa, Asrat Hailu, Abate Mulugeta Beshah, Ermias Diro

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Leishmania aethiopica is the etiological agent of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in Ethiopia and can cause severe and complicated cases such as diffuse CL (DCL), mucocutaneous leishmaniasis or extensive CL, requiring systemic treatment. Despite the substantial burden, evidence-based ...

Last Updated: 4 Mar 2016

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Phlebotomine sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) transmitting visceral leishmaniasis and their geographical distribution in China: a review.
 

Author(s): Li-Ren Guan, Zheng-Bin Zhou, Chang-Fa Jin, Qing Fu, Jun-Jie Chai

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After the existence of phlebotomine sand flies was first reported in China in 1910, the distribution of different species and their role in the transmission of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) have been extensively studied. Up until 2008, four species have been verified as vectors of VL, ...

Last Updated: 24 Feb 2016

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Last Updated: 22 May 2016

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Dedicated QT Study in Bolivian Patients Taking Impavido® (Miltefosine) for Mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis

 

Last Updated: 24 Apr 2015

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Spermiogram Assessment in Bolivian Patients Taking Impavido® (Miltefosine) for Mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis

 

Last Updated: 27 Apr 2015

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