Samia Boussaa

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Phlebotomine sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) were collected continuously, using sticky traps, during 1 year from October 2002 to September 2003, in an urban area of Marrakech city (Morocco). A total of 3277 specimens were collected belonging to five species. Phlebotomus (Phlebotomus) papatasi (54.6%) is the predominant species followed by Sergentomyia(More)
This study reports the genetic characterization of urban and rural populations of Phlebotomus (Phlebotomus) papatasi Scopoli (Diptera: Psychodidae) in Marrakech, Morocco. Using isoenzymatic analysis, four Moroccan populations were compared with other Mediterranean basin populations from Spain, Cyprus, and Syria. Morphological anomalies were noted in the(More)
The sandflies at 17 sites within or near the Moroccan city of Marrakech were surveyed between 2002 and 2006. Overall 2310 specimens were collected and five species were identified. Phlebotomus (Phlebotomus) papatasi was the most prevalent species (47.4%), followed by Sergentomyia (Sergentomyia) minuta (16.6%), S. (S.) fallax (16.1%), P. (Paraphlebotomus)(More)
Since the 1970s, Azilal and Ouarzazat have been the main foci for human cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in Morocco. The sandflies along the main roads linking these two foci to Marrakech city, which is considered to be an area at risk of CL, were recently surveyed. Among the 872 sandflies collected, in June 2005, on the Marrakech-Ouarzazat road, Sergentomyia(More)
Morphological and enzymatic characterization of Phlebotomus perniciosus and Phlebotomus longicuspis in Morocco is reported. Twenty-nine localities in central and southern of Morocco were sampled and compared with three localities from the Rif (northern Morocco). For morphological study, sand flies were collected by sticky-paper traps. For males, the(More)
Phlebotomus sergenti, the main vector of Leishmania tropica, is widely represented in Spain, whilst L. tropica is not an endemic species in this country. Nevertheless, the important human migrant flow from regions where L. tropica is endemic, the existence of its vector and the anthroponotic cycle of the parasite could lead to its establishment in our(More)
The nocturnal activity of phlebotomine sandflies (Diptera: Psychodidae) was studied “at an epidemic focus” on human cutaneous leishmaniasis due to Leishmania tropica Wright in Chichaoua province, in Morocco. Sandflies were collected using light and sticky-paper traps changed at 2-h intervals, inside and around houses, in August and October 2004. Overall,(More)
Epidemiological role of a rodent in Morocco: Case of cutaneous leishmaniasis Mohamed Echchakery, Samia Boussaa, Kholoud Kahime, Ali Boumezzough Laboratory of Ecology and Environment L2E, URAC 32, CNRST ERACNERS 06, Faculty of Sciences Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University, BP 2390-4008, Marrakesh, Morocco Higher Institute of Nursing and Technical Occupations(More)
Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) is one of the most neglected tropical diseases in Morocco. Leishmania major and L. tropica are the main culprits identified in all endemic foci across the country. These two etiological agents are transmitted by Phlebotomus papatasi and P. sergenti, the two most prevalent sand fly species in Morocco. Previous studies reflected(More)
Cutaneous leishmaniasis ranks among the tropical diseases least known and most neglected in Libya. World Health Organization reports recognized associations of Phlebotomus papatasi, Psammomys obesus, and Meriones spp., with transmission of zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis (ZCL; caused by Leishmania major) across Libya. Here, we map risk of ZCL infection(More)