Reservoir and transmission of Visceral Leishmaniasis

Authors(2) :-Dr. Heena Sachdeva, Dr. Manish Sharma

The domestic dog is the most important reservoir of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in metropolitan areas. The dog develops an intense cutaneous parasitism, favoring infection of sandflies, thereby playing an important role in the epidemiological chain of VL. Importantly, most dogs remain asymptomatic for long periods of time, which contribute to the maintenance and transmission of the disease (Giunchetti, et al., 2006). In Europe, in addition to dogs, rodents are also identified as reservoirs, whereas humans and domestic cats are considered accidental hosts (Poli, et al., 2006). Moreover, leishmanial antibodies were also detected in 33 of 1,220 animals; in 31 of 867 goats (Capra hircus), 1 of 161 cattle (Bos indicus), 1 of 54 wild rats (Rattus sp.), but none of 106 chickens (Gallus domesticus), 26 sheep (Ovis aries), 3 water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalus), and 3 dogs (Canis familiaris). The parasite DNA was detected in 20 of 33 serologically positive blood samples; in 20 goats and 1 cow. This study indicated that goats are also the potential animal reservoirs of human VL in India (Singh, et al., 2013).

Authors and Affiliations

Dr. Heena Sachdeva
Department of Zoology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Dr. Manish Sharma
PG Department of Agriculture, GSSDGS Khalsa College, Patiala, Punjab, India

DNA, VL, Leishmaniasis, Eosophagus, Promastigotes, Phagocytosed, Amastigotes

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Published in : Volume 3 | Issue 1 | January-February 2017
Date of Publication : 2017-02-28
License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Page(s) : 59-60
Manuscript Number : IJSRST173117
Publisher : Technoscience Academy

Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X

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Dr. Heena Sachdeva, Dr. Manish Sharma, " Reservoir and transmission of Visceral Leishmaniasis", International Journal of Scientific Research in Science and Technology(IJSRST), Print ISSN : 2395-6011, Online ISSN : 2395-602X, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.59-60 , January-February-2017.
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