Assessment of an optimized dog-culling program in the dynamics of canine Leishmania transmission.

  title={Assessment of an optimized dog-culling program in the dynamics of canine Leishmania transmission.},
  author={Edson Duarte Moreira and Verena Maria Mendes de Souza and Meera Sreenivasan and Eliane G{\'o}es Nascimento and Lain C. Pontes de Carvalho},
  journal={Veterinary parasitology},
  volume={122 4},
In Brazil, zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis (ZVL) control programs based on the mass elimination of seropositive dogs have failed to reduce the number of leishmaniasis cases. However, these programs have been done under sub-optimal conditions. We studied a cohort of dogs in an urban area in Brazil to determine, whether a dog-culling program optimized with: (i) replacement of a relatively low-sensitivity indirect immune-fluorescent test on blood eluate by a more sensitive enzyme-linked… CONTINUE READING


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