Samar Anis Al-Nahhas

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the validity of western blot (WB) and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) that use antigens from culture promastigote from Leishmania parasites, for laboratory diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Syria. METHODS We utilized 290 serum samples from endemic areas (patients group) and other regions (control samples) in Syria(More)
Leishmaniasis causes significant morbidity and mortality in areas where it is endemic. A seroprevalence survey was conducted in 2 endemic villages in Daraa, Syrian Arab Republic, where 80 out of 345 children (23.2%) tested positive for visceral leishmaniasis (VL) using rK39 dipstick test. Only 10 cases were symptomatic (12.5%), and 27.5% were positive by(More)
A comparative biochemical study of the effects of mebendazole and Isoprinosine used separately or associated was conducted in six-month old gerbils infected three months ago by Echinococcus multilocularis metacestodes. Mebendazole treatment induced a decrease of glucose (81%) whereas Isoprinosine increased the glucose uptake in the parasite. The combination(More)
Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a disease transmitted by sand fly bites. This disease is highly prevalent in Syria where Leishmania major and Leishmania tropica are the known aetiological agents. In 2011, more than 58,000 cases were reported in the country by the Ministry of Health. The central region of the country harbors 20 % of the reported cases. However,(More)
Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is an endemic disease and a public health problem in Hama governorate located in the central region of Syria. The aim of this study was to characterize Leishmania species isolated from human skin samples. A polymerase chain reaction, restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) assay, was performed on skin lesion material(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the performances of 3 serological assays (direct agglutination test [DAT], fast agglutination screening test [FAST], recombinant protein [rK39] dipstick) test for use in primary care, for the diagnosis visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in Syria. METHODS We utilized 267 serum samples obtained during 2007 from patient groups confirmed and(More)
1Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Damascus, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic. 2Public Health Department, Ministry of Health, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic. ABSTRACT Leishmaniasis causes significant morbidity and mortality in areas where it is endemic. A seroprevalence survey was conducted in 2 endemic villages in Daraa, Syrian Arab(More)
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