Courtenay, O., Quinnell, R.J., Garcez, L.M. and Dye, C. (2002) Low infectiousness of a wildlife host of Leishmania infantum: the crab-eating fox is not important for transmission. Parasitology, 125 (5). pp. 407-414. ISSN 1469-8161Full text available as:
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The epidemiological role of the crab-eating fox Cerdocyon thous in the transmission of Leishmania infantum is assessed in a longitudinal study in Amazon Brazil. A total of 37 wild-caught foxes were immunologically and clinically monitored, and 26 foxes exposed to laboratory colonies of the sandfly vector Lutzomyia longipalpis, over a 15-month period. In total 78% (29/37) of foxes were seropositive for anti-Leishmania IgG on at least 1 occasion, and 38% (8/37) had infections confirmed by PCR and/or by culture. Point prevalences were 74% (serology), 15% (PCR), and 26% (culture). No signs of progressive disease were observed. None of the foxes were infectious to the 1469 sandflies dissected from 44 feeds. A conservative estimate of the possible contribution of foxes to transmission was 9% compared to 91% by sympatric domestic dogs. These results show that crab-eating fox populations do not maintain a transmission cycle independently of domestic dogs. The implication is that they are unlikely to introduce the parasite into Leishmania-free dog populations.
|Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information:||© 2002 Cambridge University Press|
|Keywords:||Leishmania infantum, infectiousness, Cerdocyon thous, Brazil, fox|
|Academic Units:||The University of Leeds > Faculty of Biological Sciences (Leeds) > Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology (Leeds)|
|Depositing User:||Repository Officer|
|Date Deposited:||07 Jun 2006|
|Last Modified:||08 Feb 2013 17:02|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
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