First identification of the causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis in Djibouti: Leishmania donovani

Ann Trop Med Parasitol. 2005 Jan;99(1):21-5. doi: 10.1179/136485905X15553.


The first identification of the Leishmania species responsible for visceral leishmaniasis in Djibouti is described. Four strains, obtained from three autochthonous cases, were identified by starch-gel electrophoresis and iso-enzyme analysis of 15 enzymatic systems. The strains were found to belong to two newly recognized zymodemes of L. donovani: MON-268 and MON-287.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Djibouti / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Leishmania donovani / enzymology
  • Leishmania donovani / isolation & purification*
  • Leishmaniasis, Visceral / epidemiology
  • Leishmaniasis, Visceral / parasitology*
  • Male
  • Travel