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Diagnosis of leishmaniasis in the animal reservoir

Research on the epidemiology of leishmaniasis in peri-urban settings. Identification of potential atypical reservoirs of  Leishmania.  Diagnosis of infection using indirect (indirect inmunofluorescence assay) and direct (PCR) techniques in biological samples from different hosts and vectors


  • Determination of the prevalence of leishmaniasis in animal reservoirs using serological and molecular techniques
  • Analysis of potential risk/protective factors associated with the presence of the parasite
  • Set up of new diagnostic tools
  • Molecular characterization of L. infantum isolates

Start date: January 1st, 2013

Head of the research line:
García Benzaquén, Nerea

VISAVET unit involved:

•  Neglected and Emerging Diseases Unit (NED)