Volume 97, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



In Tunisia, chronic cutaneous leishmaniasis due to is an important health problem. Its spreading has not been fully elucidated. Information on sandfly vectors, as well as their associated species, is of paramount importance since vector dispersion is one of the major factors responsible for pathogen dissemination. Ninety-seven unfed females belonging to the genera and were collected between June and August 2015 using sticky paper traps. Polymerase chain reaction–restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of the internal transcribed spacer 1and sequencing were used for detection and identification. In total, 650 sandflies were captured and identified (380 males and 270 females). Ninety-seven unfed females were tested for the presence of parasite DNA. Six were found positive for . This novel finding enhances the understanding of the cycle extension of outside its original focus of Tataouine.


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  • Received : 28 Oct 2016
  • Accepted : 31 Jan 2017
  • Published online : 05 Jun 2017

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