Outbreak of Leishmania braziliensis cutaneous leishmaniasis, Saül, French Guiana [letter]

Martin-Blondel, Guillaume and Iriart, Xavier and El baidouri, Fouad and Simon, Stéphane and Mills, Deborah and Demar, Magalie (2015) Outbreak of Leishmania braziliensis cutaneous leishmaniasis, Saül, French Guiana [letter]. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 21 (5). pp. 892-894. ISSN 1080-6059

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Outbreak of Leishmania braziliensis cutaneous leishmaniasis, Saül, French Guiana [letter]
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Abstract

New World cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL), a zoonotic disease, is increasingly seen among travelers returning from Latin American countries, particularly from Bolivia, Belize, and French Guiana (1). The epidemiology of CL in the Americas is heterogeneous and has complex variations in transmission cycles, reservoir hosts, and sandfly vectors. Changing human activities that affect these factors may have resulted in the emergence of species with distinct pathogenic potentials and responses to therapy. In the Guianan ecoregion complex, leishmaniasis is endemic, and 5 coexisting Leishmania parasite species are known to infect humans: L. guyanensis, L. braziliensis, L. amazonensis, L. naiffi, and L. lainsoni. Among these species, L. guyanensis accounts for ≈85% of CL cases (2).

We report an outbreak of 7 cases of L. braziliensis CL that occurred among 24 scientists who participated in a field mission at Limonade Creek in Saül, French Guiana, during October 10–25, 2013. Saül is an isolated village in the Amazonian rainforest (3°55′18′′N, 53°18′02′′W).

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Keywords:Leishmania braziliensis, French Guiana, JCOpen
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C111 Parasitology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:17934
Deposited On:22 Jul 2015 13:26

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