Role of wildlife in the epidemiology of Leishmania infantum infection in Europe

  title={Role of wildlife in the epidemiology of Leishmania infantum infection in Europe},
  author={Javier Mill{\'a}n and Ezio Ferroglio and Laia Solano-Gallego},
  journal={Parasitology Research},
Although dogs are considered the main reservoir of Leishmania infantum infection in endemic areas in Europe, the existence of other wild vertebrate reservoirs has been proposed as a possible cause of the lack of success of control measures. Evidence of L. infantum infection in European wildlife has been reported in carnivores, lagomorphs, and rodents. The red fox (Vulpes vulpes) received most attention, probably due to its taxonomic relationship with the dog and because it is the most abundant… CONTINUE READING
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