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First Report on Natural Infection of Phlebotomus sergenti with Leishmania Promastigotes in the Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Focus in Southeastern Tunisia

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  • Laboratoire de Recherche 05SP03, et Laboratoire de Parasitologie, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia

During September 2010, 133 female sand flies were caught inside houses of patients with cutaneous leishmaniasis in the focus for this disease in southeastern Tunisia and subsequently dissected. One specimen was positive for Leishmania protozoa. This sand fly species was identified as Phlebotomus sergenti, and the parasite was identified as L. tropica. This is the first report of P. sergenti involvement in transmission of L. tropica in Tunisia.

Author Notes

*Address correspondence to Aïda Bouratbine, Laboratoire de Parasitologie, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, 13 Place Pasteur, BP 74, 1002 Tunis Belvédère, Tunisia. E-mail: aida.bouratbine@pasteur.rns.tn

Financial support: This study was supported by the network of Pasteur Institutes (project ACIP A-04-2007).

Authors' addresses: Ahmed Tabbabi, Nadia Bousslimi, Adel Rhim, Karim Aoun, and Aïda Bouratbine, Laboratoire de Recherche LR 05SP03, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, 1002 Tunis Belvédère, Tunisia, E-mails: tabbabiahmed@gmail.com, nguetari@gmail.com, adel.rhim@pasteur.rns.tn, karim.aoun@pasteur.rns.tn, and aida.bouratbine@pasteur.rns.tn.

Reprint requests: Aïda Bouratbine, Laboratoire de Parasitologie, Institut Pasteur de Tunis, 13 Place Pasteur, BP 74, 1002 Tunis Belvédère, Tunisia, E-mail: aida.bouratbine@pasteur.rns.tn.

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