An autochthonous case of cutaneous bovine leishmaniasis in Switzerland

Lobsiger, L.; Müller, Norbert; Schweizer, T.; Frey, Caroline; Wiederkehr, D.; Zumkehr, Béatrice; Gottstein, Bruno (2010). An autochthonous case of cutaneous bovine leishmaniasis in Switzerland. Veterinary parasitology, 169(3-4), pp. 408-14. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.vetpar.2010.01.022

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The present case report describes a novel etiological agent of cutaneous leishmaniasis that appears for the first time in a cow. A similar agent had recently been described as causing autochthonous infections in horses of Germany and Switzerland. The infection in the cow was initially diagnosed upon clinical and immunohistological findings. Subsequent comparative sequence analysis of diagnostic PCR products from the internal transcribed spacer 1 (ITS1) of ssrRNA classified the respective isolate as neither Old World nor New World Leishmania species, but yielded complete identity of the analysed sequence with the above mentioned horse cases and 98% identity to Leishmania sp. siamensis, an organism recently identified in a visceral leishmaniasis patient from Thailand. The potential transmitting vectors for all these cases have not yet been identified. Future investigations will have to elucidate the veterinary-epidemiological relevance of this etiological agent, as well as biological parameters such as transmission mode and geographical origin and distribution.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Parasitology
05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Host-Pathogen Interaction
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP)

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Müller, Norbert, Frey Marreros Canales, Caroline Franziska, Zumkehr, Béatrice, Gottstein, Bruno


600 Technology > 630 Agriculture








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