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First Cases of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Caused by Leishmania (Viannia) naiffi Infection in Surinam

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  • 1 Department of Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine and Aids, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Section Parasitology, Department of Medical Microbiology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Ministry of Defense, The Hague, The Netherlands

Cutaneous leishmaniasis in Surinam is generally caused by infection by Leishmania guyanensis. We report three cases of infection with Leishmania (Viannia) naiffi, a Leishmania species not described from Surinam before. Treatment with pentamidine proved to be effective.

Author Notes

*Address correspondence to Pieter-Paul A. M. van Thiel, Department of Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine and Aids, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands. E-mail: p.p.vanthiel@amc.uva.nl

Authors' addresses: Pieter-Paul A. M. van Thiel and Piet A. Kager, Department of Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine and Aids, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, E-mail: p.p.vanthiel@amc.uva.nl. Tom van Gool and Aldert Bart, Section Parasitology, Department of Medical Microbiology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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