New reports of Australian cutaneous leishmaniasis in Northern Australian macropods

Dougall, A., Shilton, C., Choy, J. Low, Alexander , B., and Walton, S. (2009) New reports of Australian cutaneous leishmaniasis in Northern Australian macropods. Epidemiology and Infection, 137 (10). pp. 1516-1520.

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Abstract

Cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by various species of Leishmania is a significant zoonotic disease in many parts of the world. We describe the first cases of Australian cutaneous leishmaniasis in eight northern wallaroos, one black wallaroo and two agile wallabies from the Northern Territory of Australia. Diagnosis was made through a combination of gross appearance of lesions, cytology, histology, direct culture, serology and a species-specific real-time PCR. The causative organism was found to be the same unique species of Leishmania previously identified in red kangaroos. These clinical findings provide further evidence for the continuous transmission of the Australian Leishmania species and its presence highlights the importance of continued monitoring and research into the life-cycle of this parasite.

Item ID: 26739
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-4409
Keywords: cutaneous leishmaniasis, diagnosis, macropods, Northern Territory
Funders: Australian Biosecurity Co-operative Research Centre for Emerging Infectious Disease
Projects and Grants: Australian Leishmania Lifecycle Investigation
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 11:17
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070708 Veterinary Parasitology @ 30%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070703 Veterinary Diagnosis and Diagnostics @ 40%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070704 Veterinary Epidemiology @ 30%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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