Volume 84, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Peridomestic transmission of American cutaneous leishmaniasis is increasingly reported and dogs may be a reservoir of () in this setting. We investigated the prevalence of infection in dogs in Chaparral County, Colombia, the focus of an epidemic of human cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by () . Two (0.72%) of 279 dogs had lesions typical of cutaneous leishmaniasis that were biopsy positive by kinetoplast DNA polymerase chain reaction–Southern blotting. Seroprevalence was 2.2% (6 of 279) by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Buffy coat and ear skin biopsy specimens were positive by polymerase chain reaction–Southern blotting in 7.3% (10 of 137) and 11.4% (12 of 105) of dogs, respectively. Overall 20% of dogs (21 of 105) showed positive results for one or more tests. Amplification and sequencing of the 7SL RNA gene identified in one dog and in two dogs. No association was identified between the risk factors evaluated and canine infection. Dogs may contribute to transmission but their role in this focus appears to be limited.


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  • Received : 14 Mar 2010
  • Accepted : 22 Jan 2011
  • Published online : 05 May 2011

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