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Improved diagnosis of visceral leishmaniasis in humans and cutaneous leishmaniasis in dogs

05.05.2014

To date, the diagnosis of the severe infectious disease leishmaniosis is still highly unreliable in endemic areas of Eastern Africa, since the pathogen occurring in these regions differs from pathogens present in other endemic areas of South Africa and Asia. Moreover, leishmaniasis is also spreading in southern Europe because infected dogs represent a major source of risk for the transmission to humans. A cost-effective and time-efficient diagnostics was developed which provides a more reliable diagnosis of leishmaniasis in humans and animals as compared to currently available diagnostics. This diagnostics is particularly suitable for a use as rapid test, allowing an uncomplicated application outside of clinics and laboratories and consequently a more efficient and improved diagnosis of leishmaniasis in hospitals and in the field.

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