Volume 79, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Natural infection of sand flies with parasites was surveyed in an Amazonian area in Ecuador where leishmaniasis is endemic. Seventy-one female sand flies were dissected and one was positive for protozoa. The species of this sand fly was identified as () on the basis of morphologic characteristics. Analysis of the cytochrome gene sequence identified the parasite as () . We report the distribution of () in Ecuador and detection of a naturally infected sand fly in the Ecuadorian Amazon and natural infection of with parasites in the New World.


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  • Received : 08 May 2008
  • Accepted : 18 Jun 2008

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