Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


The following report is the first in the United States of a case of visceral leishmaniasis in the dog.


The dog, a Doberman Pinscher, was born May 30, 1951, in Pfungstadt, Germany. The bitch and litter were kept in a barnyard which was reasonably clean, and all seemed in excellent health. In July, 1951, the dog was shipped to Greece and after a period of 6 months developed a skin condition thought to be due to dietary deficiency. The owner described these lesions as localized “open sores” on the dog's back. Close clipping of the hair and local medicinal applications did not effect a permanent cure. On the premises, which were not very clean, there were also 2 other dogs, pigeons, and rabbits. The climate in the summer was hot, and insects were very prevalent.

The animal remained in Greece until July 18, 1953 (2 years), when he was moved via boat to Boston, Massachusetts.


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