New reports of Australian cutaneous leishmaniasis in Northern Australian macropods

Annette Marie Dougall, C SHILTON, Jodie Low Choy, B Alexander, Shelley Walton

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    Abstract

    Cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by various species of Leishmania is a significant zoonotic disease in many parts of the world. We describe the first cases of Australian cutaneous leishmaniasis in eight northern wallaroos, one black wallaroo and two agile wallabies from the Northern Territory of Australia. Diagnosis was made through a combination of gross appearance of lesions, cytology, histology, direct culture, serology and a species-specific real-time PCR. The causative organism was found to be the same unique species of Leishmania previously identified in red kangaroos. These clinical findings provide further evidence for the continuous transmission of the Australian Leishmania species and its presence highlights the importance of continued monitoring and research into the life-cycle of this parasite. � 2009 Cambridge University Press.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1516-1520
    Number of pages5
    JournalEpidemiology and Infection
    Volume137
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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