Leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by flagellated protozoa of the genus Leishmania of the family Trypanosomatidae and can be cutaneous or visceral. Nowadays there are 7 species of Leishmania responsible for the disease in the human species and more than 200 species of mosquitoes (phlebotomus) responsible for its transmission. Treatment in humans is based on drugs containing antimony (pentavalent antimonials), pentamidine, miltefosine and amphotericin B.

 

 Mosquito of the genus Phlebotomus

Mosquito of the genus Phlebotomus

 Leishmania donovani

Leishmania donovani

 Clinical aspect of cutaneous Leishmaniasis

Clinical aspect of cutaneous Leishmaniasis

 Disease life cycle

Disease life cycle