Iranian Journal of Parasitology 2014. 9(4):584-587.

Causes of pediatric visceral leishmaniasis in southeastern iran.
Ali Hosseininasab, Iraj Sharifi, Mohammad Hossein Daei, Mehdi Zarean, Mahsa Dadkhah

Abstract


Leishmania infantum is the most frequent cause of visceral leishmaniasis and L. tropica has been rarely linked to the disease in Iran. In this study, bone marrow aspirates were collected from 10 child patients, suspected with visceral leishmaniasis referred to the Pediatric Wards of Kerman Medical Hospitals, Kerman, Iran during 2002–2011. Leishmania species were identified by using nested PCR in all slides. The PCR samples from nine patients indicated L. infantum as principal causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis and one L. tropica as a minor species.


Keywords


Iran; Leishmania tropica; Visceral leishmaniasis

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