An atypical case of cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania infantum in Portugal
- Autores: Borges-Costa J, Campino L, Filipe P, Lopes L, Soares-Almeida L, Vasconcelos P
- Ano de Publicação: 2013
- Journal: Dermatology Online Journal
- Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24314782
Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease caused by an intracellular protozoan that belongs to the genus Leishmania and is transmitted by a phlebotomine sandfly. In Southwest Europe, including Portugal, cutaneous leishmaniasis is considered a rare disease of unknown or underestimated prevalence. Leishmania infantum is the only species identified as responsible for the autochthonous cases.