Canine visceral leishmaniasis in Teresina, Brazil: Relationship between clinical features and infectivity for sand flies.

@article{Soares2011CanineVL,
  title={Canine visceral leishmaniasis in Teresina, Brazil: Relationship between clinical features and infectivity for sand flies.},
  author={Maria Regiane Ara{\'u}jo Soares and Ivete Lopes de Mendonça and Jailon Moreira do Bonfim and Jos{\'e} Alves Rodrigues and Guilherme Loureiro Werneck and Carlos Costa},
  journal={Acta tropica},
  year={2011},
  volume={117 1},
  pages={6-9}
}
Leishmania chagasi is an intracellular parasite transmitted by the bite of the phlebotomine sand fly Lutzomyia longipalpis, which is the most important of American visceral leishmaniasis. In the gut of the vector, amastigoste forms of the parasite transform into metacyclic promastigotes, from there to the foregut, where they could be transmitted in the next blood meal. Xenodiagnosis is an important tool for the detection of Leishmania, especially when associated to molecular techniques, both… CONTINUE READING

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