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First isolation of Leishmania infantum by blood culture in bovines from endemic area for canine visceral leishmaniasis

  • Mirian dos Santos Paixão-Marques (a1), Maria Fernanda Alves-Martin (a1), Lívia Maísa Guiraldi (a1), Wesley José dos Santos (a1), Fábio Almeida de Lemos (a2), Gabriela Pacheco Sánchez (a3), Virginia Bodelão Richini-Pereira (a4) and Simone Baldini Lucheis (a1) (a5)...

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Leishmaniasis is considered a parasitic disease that still causes serious consequences for mankind, because it presents a high mortality rate worldwide. Considered multi-hosts, the parasites of the genus Leishmania are able of infecting a wide variety of animal species. The dog was considered the main source of infection of visceral leishmaniasis (VL), in the urban area. However, the role of other animal species in the epidemiological cycle of the disease, such as cattle, remains unclear. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the occurrence of Leishmania spp. in 100 bovines (Bos taurus) from an area endemic for canine VL, using blood culture and molecular analysis. By the sequencing analysis, one sample showed 100% similarity with Leishmania infantum. The results provide the first case of L. infantum isolation in one bovine from the periurban areas of Bauru, state of São Paulo, Brazil.

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Author for correspondence: Mirian dos Santos Paixão-Marques, E-mail: mirianpaixao_2@hotmail.com

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Identification of Leishmania infantum on bovine.

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