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Visceral leishmaniasis in Tunisia: result of the isoenzymatic characterization of 65Leishmania infantumstrains

Authors
Journal
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
0035-9203
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Volume
96
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0035-9203(02)90332-9
Keywords
  • Epidemiology

Abstract

Abstract The isoenzymatic characterization of 65 Tunisian strains of Leishmania, isolated from human cases of visceral leishmaniasis between June 1998 and August 2001, revealed the existence of 3 zymodemes of the L. infantum complex: MON-1 the most common (93·8%), followed by MON-24 (3·1%) and MON-80 (3·1%). 72% of the strains were obtained from children under the age of 5 years. The majority of the studied strains originated from 8 provinces of northern Tunisia, particularly the province of Zaghouan.

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