|The results of PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism and sequence analysis of the internal transcribed spacer 1 of ssrRNA and the mini-exon genes were different from those of previously reported Leishmania species.
A direct agglutination test (DAT) revealed that antibody against Leishmania infection was detected in nine domestic cats.
No potential vectors could be identified.
A large-scale epidemiological survey of leishmaniasis should be urgently conducted since visceral leishmaniasis is considered an emerging disease of public health concern in Thailand.
Source: Sukmee T, Siripattanapipong S, Mungthin M, Worapong J, Rangsin R, Samung Y, Kongkaew W, Bumrungsana K, Chanachai K, Apiwathanasorn C, Rujirojindakul P, Wattanasri S, Ungchusak K, Leelayoova S. (2008): A suspected new species of Leishmania, the causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis in a Thai patient. In: Int J Parasitol. 2008 Jan 15 [Epub ahead of print]
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