Seroprevalence of Leishmania infection and molecular detection of Leishmania tropica and Leishmania infanturn in stray cats of Izmir, Turkey

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Can H. , Döşkaya M., Özdemir G., Şahar E., Karakavuk M., Pektaş B., ...More

EXPERIMENTAL PARASITOLOGY, vol.167, pp.109-114, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 167
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.exppara.2016.05.011
  • Page Numbers: pp.109-114
  • Keywords: Leishmaniasis, Leishmania tropica, Leishmania infantum, Seroprevalence, Stray cats, ELISA, IFA, Nested PCR, ITS1 real time PCR, Turkey, CUTANEOUS LEISHMANIASIS, EPIDEMIOLOGY, DISEASES


Leishmaniasis caused by more than 20 species of genus Leishmania is transmitted by the bite of infected phlebotomine sand flies. The studies on Leishmania infection in cats is very few in Turkey and therefore we aimed to screen stray cats living in city of Izmir located in western Turkey using nested PCR targeting kinetoplast DNA and serological techniques (ELISA and IFA). Leishmania DNA positive samples were also studied by ITS1 real time PCR.