The hare (Lepus granatensis) as potential sylvatic reservoir of Leishmania infantum in Spain.

@article{Molina2012TheH,
  title={The hare (Lepus granatensis) as potential sylvatic reservoir of Leishmania infantum in Spain.},
  author={Ricardo Molina and M. Isabel Jim{\'e}nez and Israel Cruz and Andr{\'e}s Iriso and In{\'e}s Mart{\'i}n-Mart{\'i}n and O Sevillano and Saida Melero and J. H. Bernal},
  journal={Veterinary parasitology},
  year={2012},
  volume={190 1-2},
  pages={268-71}
}
Xenodiagnosis of Leishmania infection in hares (Lepus granatensis) from a focus of human leishmaniasis in Fuenlabrada at southwestern Madrid region (Spain) proved that they are infective to Phlebotomus perniciosus. Molecular characterization of isolates obtained from sand flies infected after xenodiagnosis demonstrates that hares were infected by Leishmania infantum. This is the first evidence of the transmission of L. infantum from hares to sand flies. Moreover the results confirm the role… CONTINUE READING
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