Leishmania species

  • John Coia
  • Heather Cubie
Part of the The Immunoassay Kit Directory book series (KIT, volume 2 / 1 / 3)


Leishmaniasis is a zoonosis caused by protozoa of the genus Leishmania. The animal reservoirs are rodents, canines and other mammals. The organisms live as intracellular amastigotes within host macrophages and are ingested when sandfly vectors feed on the infected animal. Within the gut of the fly promastigote forms develop and multiply prior to inoculation into another host when the insect feeds.


Visceral Leishmaniasis Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Leishmania Species Cutaneous Disease Visceral Disease 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Coia
    • 1
  • Heather Cubie
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Clinical MicrobiologyWestern General Hospital NHS TrustEdinburghScotland
  2. 2.Regional Virus LaboratoryCity HospitalEdinburghScotland

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