Leishmania infection and host-blood feeding preferences of phlebotomine sandflies and canine leishmaniasis in an endemic European area, the Algarve Region in Portugal
- Autores: Afonso MO, Campino L, Cristovao JM, Dionísio L, Maia C, Neto L
- Ano de Publicação: 2013
- Journal: Memorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
- Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23827997
The Algarve Region (AR) in southern Portugal, which is an international tourist destination, has been considered an endemic region of zoonotic leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania infantum since the 1980s. In the present study, phlebotomine and canine surveys were conducted to identify sandfly blood meal sources and to update the occurrence of Leishmania infection in vectors and dogs.