Sexual and vertical transmission of visceral leishmaniasis

  • Andreia P Turchetti Escola de Veterinária, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
  • Tayse D Souza Escola de Veterinária, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
  • Tatiane A Paixão Instituto de Ciências Biológicas – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
  • Renato L. Santos Escola de Veterinária – Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Keywords: Leishmania infantum, visceral leishmaniasis, transmission.

Abstract

Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is an important zoonosis caused by Leishmania infantum, which has in the domestic dog its principal vertebrate host. VL is usually transmitted by phlebotomine sand flies, however atypical routes of transmission have been described. In this review we discuss the the role of sexual and vertical transmissions, and their role in the maintenance of VL in canine populations.
Published
2014-04-15
How to Cite
1.
Turchetti A, Souza T, Paixão T, Santos R (2014) Sexual and vertical transmission of visceral leishmaniasis. J Infect Dev Ctries 8:403-407. doi: https://doi.org/10.3855/jidc.4108
Section
Reviews