Volume 51, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Surveys were conducted from 1986 through 1992 to define the etiology and geographic distribution of human leishmaniasis in Peru. Lesion aspirates and skin biopsies were obtained from clinically diagnosed cases of leishmaniasis and tested for promastigotes by standard culture techniques. The isozyme profile of the isolates was determined by the cellulose acetate electrophoresis technique. Data indicated that the isozyme profiles for isolates from six patients were similar to that of reference strains of . These results are the first reported evidence of and the first association of this parasite with human cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Peru.


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