Natural Leishmania infection of Lutzomyia auraensis in Madre de Dios, Peru, detected by a fluorescence resonance energy transfer-based real-time polymerase chain reaction.

@article{Valdivia2012NaturalLI,
  title={Natural Leishmania infection of Lutzomyia auraensis in Madre de Dios, Peru, detected by a fluorescence resonance energy transfer-based real-time polymerase chain reaction.},
  author={Hugo O. Valdivia and Maxy B. De Los Santos and R Fern{\'a}ndez and G Christian Baldeviano and Victor O Zorrilla and Hubert Vera and Carmen M. Lucas and Kimberly A. Edgel and Andres G. Lescano and Kirk D. Mundal and Paul C. F. Graf},
  journal={The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene},
  year={2012},
  volume={87 3},
  pages={
          511-7
        }
}
Leishmania species of the Viannia subgenus are responsible for most cases of New World tegumentary leishmaniasis. However, little is known about the vectors involved in disease transmission in the Amazon regions of Peru. We used a novel real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to assess Leishmania infections in phlebotomines collected in rural areas of Madre de Dios, Peru. A total of 1,299 non-blood fed female sand flies from 33 species were captured by using miniature CDC light traps… CONTINUE READING

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