Volume 68, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae) and rodents were collected in the endemic focus of urban cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sanliurfa, Turkey. and represented 99% of the sand fly population. These flies were trapped in highest numbers in animal sheds, followed by cellars. However, was relatively more abundant in rooms. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay of the gut contents from blood-fed females detected immunoglobulins specific to birds and mammals, suggesting that both species are opportunistic feeders, although poultry is a frequent blood source of . Blood sources include black rats () and house mice (); these rodents are abundant inside houses, and might have a role in parasite circulation.


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  • Received : 06 May 2002
  • Accepted : 29 Aug 2002

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