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The character and duration of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Meriones meridianus

Strelkova, M.V.

Parazitologiya 9(6): 532-534


ISSN/ISBN: 0031-1847
Accession: 000527844

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The development of cutaneous leishmaniasis in a gerbil (Meriones meridianus) following infection through bites of Phlebotomus papatasii and P. mongolensis is described. Skin lesions were first observed 23 days after infection, the ear lobe became completely destroyed 44 days after appearance of the skin sore and a sickle-shaped scar was formed around the auditory canal. Leishmaniae were not found in the scar tissue. The short duration of the whole infective process (67 days) suggests that M. meridianus cannot carry Leishmania from one infective season to another.

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