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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz

Print version ISSN 0074-0276On-line version ISSN 1678-8060

Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz vol.81 no.4 Rio de Janeiro Oct./Dec. 1986 

Cutaneous leishmaniasis in frequent in equines from an endemic area in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cruz Manuel Aguilar1 

Elizabeth Ferreira Rangel2 

Leonidas M. Deane2 

Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Departamento de Medicina Tropical, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Departamento de Entomologia, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil


In an endemic area of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Rio de Janeiro State where a mule had been found infected, a systematic search among equines was performed, resulting in the detection of Leishmania parasites in skin lesions of 30.8% of the animals, which included horses and mules. The eventual role of equines in the epidemiology of the human disease is being investigated.

Key words: cutaneous leishmaniasis; equines; Rio de Janeiro


O achado de uma mula infectada num foco endêmico de leishmaniose tegumentar no Rio de Janeiro, levou-nos a procurar sistematicamente infecções por Leishmania em equinos, resultando no encontro de 30,8% de parasitados, incluindo cavalos e mulas. A possibilidade de esses animais participarem da cadeia epidemiológica da leishmaniose humana está sendo investigada.


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