Natural Infections of Leishmania major in Domestic Dogs from Alexandria, Egypt

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  • * Ain Shams Research and Training Center on Vectors of Diseases, Ain Shams University, Abassia, Cairo, Egypt
  • | Kuvin Centre for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
  • | Department of Biochemistry and Epidemiology, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20205

Two leishmanial isolates from dogs from Alexandria, Egypt, were typed serologically and biochemically as Leishmania major. This is the second time that L. major has been shown to occur in dogs. The significance of these findings as a misleading phenomenon in relation to the relatively recent outbreak of infantile kala-azar in the area of Alexandria is discussed.