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First detection of Leishmania killicki (Kinetoplastida, Trypanosomatidae) in Ctenodactylus gundi (Rodentia, Ctenodactylidae), a possible reservoir of human cutaneous leishmaniasis in Tunisia
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This is the first report of Leishmania killicki identified from Ctenodactylus gundi in Tunisia, and supports the assumption that C. Gundi is a potential reservoir for Leishmaniasis killicksi.
First report of naturally infected Sergentomyia minuta with Leishmania major in Tunisia
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This is the first report of L. major parasites of cutaneous leishmaniasis in an endemic area in South Tunisia, identified within two Sergentomyia (S.) minuta and one Phlebotomus papatasi.
Phlebotomine (Diptera, Psychodidae) Bloodmeal Sources in Tunisian Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Foci: Could Sergentomyia minuta, which is not an Exclusive Herpetophilic Species, be Implicated in the
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Interestingly, it is found for the first time that Mus musculus DNA was found in one female of S. minuta (Rondani) specie and question about its possible vectorial role is opened.
Morphological and Molecular Investigations of Population Structure of Phlebotomus perniciosus and Phlebotomus longicuspis (Diptera: Psychodidae) in Tunisia
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Evidence of a wide distribution of atypical morphs of P. perniciosus in southern and central Tunisia is given, with single-pointed aedeagi curved at their apicies that were indistinguishable from the P. longicuspis.
Mitochondrial cytochrome b variation in populations of the cutaneous leishmaniasis vector Phlebotomus papatasi across eastern Tunisia
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The results indicate a low level of genetic variability among Tunisian populations of P. papatasi and there does not see any “isolation by distance” over a large geographical scale among Tunisiaian provinces.
Evolutionary history of Leishmania killicki (synonymous Leishmania tropica) and taxonomic implications
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The results of the genetic and phylogenetic analyses strongly support the hypothesis that L. killicki belongs to the L. tropica complex and suggest that it emerged from a single founder event and that it evolved independently from L. Tropica.
Transmission of Visceral Leishmaniasis in a Previously Non-Endemic Region of Tunisia: Detection of Leishmania Dna in Phlebotomus perniciosus
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All human and canine cases of VL recorded between 2003 and 2011 and an entomological study of phlebotomine fauna in a previously non-endemic region confirm the establishment of a transmission cycle of Vl in the studied region by the coexistence of infected vectors with infected hosts.
Twenty-four new human cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis due to Leishmania killicki in Metlaoui, southwestern Tunisia: probable role of Phlebotomus sergenti in the transmission.
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The results strongly suggests that Metlaoui is a new L. killicki focus with a stable transmission cycle and the probable role of this species as vector of this zoonotic parasite.
Leishmaniosis (Leishmania infantum infection) in dogs.
The authors present an overview of canine leishmaniosis due to Leishmania infantum. This protozoan is transmitted by sandflies and the disease is frequently characterised by chronic evolution.
RAPD-PCR reveals genetic polymorphism among Leishmania major strains from Tunisian patients
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A heterogeneous genetic profile for L. major with similar clinical manifestations occurring within the different geographical regions is revealed with a high level of polymorphism among them.
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