Natural Leishmania infection of Phlebotomus sergenti (Diptera Phlebotominae) in an endemic focus of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Şanlıurfa Turkey Poster No 3 14

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Demir S. , Karakuş M., Çetin H., Arserim S. K. , Ser Ö., Töz S. , ...More

Genes, Ecosystems and Risk of Infection (GERI 2015) conference, Heraklion, Greece, 21 - 23 April 2015, pp.314

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Heraklion
  • Country: Greece
  • Page Numbers: pp.314


urfa in Southeast Turkey. A total of 424 sandflies were collected by CDC light traps. Phlebotomus

sergenti Parrot (49,6 %) and P. papatasi (Scopoli) (48,1%) were the most abundant species,

followed by P. alexandri Sinton (1,05 %), P. perfiliewi Parrot (0,4 %), Adlerius sp. (0.2 %) and

Sergentomyia theodori Parrot (0,4 %). A total of 196 female sand flies were grouped in pools of

10 specimens each and 4 pools of P. sergenti were found positive for Leishmania DNA, detected

by using ITS-1 primer set. This is the first molecular detection and identification of Leishmania

tropica within naturally infected Phlebotomus sergenti from the most important focus of

anthroponotic cutaneous leishmaniasis in Turkey. The high frequency of P. sergenti together with

natural infection by the parasite make this species the probable vector of L. tropica in Sanliurfa.