Domestic Animals and Epidemiology of Visceral Leishmaniasis, Nepal.

Bhattarai, NR; Van der Auwera, G; Rijal, S; Picado, A; Speybroeck, N; Khanal, B; De Doncker, S; Das, ML; Ostyn, B; Davies, C; Coosemans, M; Berkvens, D; Boelaert, M; Dujardin, JC; (2010) Domestic Animals and Epidemiology of Visceral Leishmaniasis, Nepal. Emerging infectious diseases, 16 (2). pp. 231-237. ISSN 1080-6040 DOI:

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On the Indian subcontinent, visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is considered an anthroponosis. To determine possible reasons for its persistence during interepidemic periods, we mapped Leishmania infections among healthy persons and animals in an area of active VL transmission in Nepal. During 4 months (September 2007-February 2008), blood was collected from persons, goats, cows, and buffaloes in 1 village. Leishmania infections were determined by using PCR. We found infections among persons (6.1%), cows (5%), buffaloes (4%), and goats (16%). Data were georeferenced and entered into a geographic information system. The bivariate K-function results indicated spatial clustering of Leishmania spp.-positive persons and domestic animals. Classification tree analysis determined that among several possible risk factors for Leishmania infection among persons, proximity of Leishmania spp.-positive goats ranked first. Although our data do not necessarily mean that goats constitute a reservoir host of L. donovani, these observations indicate the need for further investigation of goats' possible role in VL transmission.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Disease Control
Research Centre: Leishmaniasis Group
PubMed ID: 20113552
Web of Science ID: 274400300008


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