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Volume 88, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645

Abstract

Abstract.

is the only species of known to cause cutaneous leishmanisis (CL) in Mali. We amplified DNA stored on archived Giemsa-stained dermal scraping slides obtained from self-referral patients with clinically suspected CL seen in the Center National d'Appui A La Lutte Contre La Maladie (CNAM) in Bamako, Mali, to determine if any other species were responsible for CL in Mali and evaluate its geographic distribution. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification was performed using a species-specific primer pair that can amplify DNA from , , , and parasites, possible causative agents of CL in Mali. was the only species detected in 41 microscopically confirmed cases of CL from five regions of Mali (Kayes, Koulikoro, Ségou, Mopti, and Tombouctou). These results implicate as the predominant, possibly exclusive species responsible for CL in Mali.

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  • Received : 18 Jul 2012
  • Accepted : 11 Dec 2012
  • Published online : 06 Mar 2013

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