Title
Spread of vector-borne diseases and neglect of Leishmaniasis, Europe Spread of vector-borne diseases and neglect of Leishmaniasis, Europe
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences . Biomedical Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Atlanta, Ga ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
Emerging infectious diseases / National Center for Infectious Diseases. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. - Atlanta, Ga
Volume/pages
14(2008) :7 , p. 1013-1018
ISSN
1080-6040
ISI
000257294700001
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
The risk for reintroduction of some exotic vector-borne diseases in Europe has become a hot topic, while the reality of others is neglected at the public health policy level. Leishmaniasis is endemic in all southern countries of Europe, with ¡Ö700 autochthonous human cases reported each year (3,950 if Turkey is included). Asymptomatic cases have been estimated at 30¨C100/1 symptomatic case, and leishmaniasis has up to 25% seroprevalence in domestic dogs. Even though leishmaniasis is essentially associated with Leishmania infantum and visceral leishmaniasis, new species, such as L. donovani and L. tropica, might colonize European sand fly vectors. Drug-resistant L. infantum strains might be exported outside Europe through dogs. Despite this possibility, no coordinated surveillance of the disease exists at the European level. In this review of leishmaniasis importance in Europe, we would like to bridge the gap between research and surveillance and control.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/5fe109/97fb73b4.pdf
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