Canine leishmaniasis: identification of asymptomatic carriers by polymerase chain reaction and immunoblotting.

@article{Berrahal1996CanineLI,
  title={Canine leishmaniasis: identification of asymptomatic carriers by polymerase chain reaction and immunoblotting.},
  author={F Berrahal and C. Jinitha Mary and Mike Roze and A Berenger and K Escoffier and D Lamouroux and S R Dunan},
  journal={The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene},
  year={1996},
  volume={55 3},
  pages={273-7}
}
A major limitation to the study of the epidemiology of canine visceral leishmaniasis is the inability to identify and count asymptomatic carriers because classic diagnositc tests are insufficiently sensitive. We investigated the capacity of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to detect the parasite and immunoblotting to detect specific antibodies in samples from dogs living in an endemic area without any symptoms of leishmaniasis. Results of classic serologic tests (immunofluorescence and… CONTINUE READING

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