First Detection of Leishmania Infantum DNA in Wild Caught Phlebotomus Papatasi in Endemic Focus of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, South of Iran

Asian Pac J Trop Biomed. 2013 Oct;3(10):825-9. doi: 10.1016/S2221-1691(13)60163-X. Epub 2013 Sep 4.


Objective: To identify the vectors and reservoirs of cutaneous leishmaniasis in the endemic focus of Farashband, Fars Province, South of Iran.

Methods: Sticky papers and Sherman trap were used for collection of sand flies and rodents, respectively. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of kDNA, ITS1-rDNA were used for identification of Leishmania parasite in sand flies as well as rodents.

Results: Totally 2 010 sand flies were collected and the species of Phlebotomus papatasi Scopoli was the common specimen in outdoors and indoors places. PCR technique was employed on 130 females of Phlebotomus papatasi. One of them (0.76%) was positive to parasite Leishmania major (L. major) and one specimen (0.76%) was positive to Leishmania infantum. Microscopic investigation on blood smear of the animal reservoirs for amastigote parasites revealed 16 (44%) infected Tatera indica. Infection of them to L. major was confirmed by PCR against kDNA loci of the parasite.

Conclusions: The results indicated that Phlebotomus papatasi was the dominant species circulating two species of parasites including L. major and Leishmania infantum among human and reservoirs. Furthermore, Tatera indica is the only main host reservoir for maintenance of the parasite source in the area.

Keywords: Iran; Leishmania infantum; Leishmania major; Reservoir; Vector.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animal Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Animals
  • DNA, Protozoan
  • Female
  • Gerbillinae / parasitology*
  • Iran / epidemiology
  • Leishmania infantum / genetics*
  • Leishmania infantum / isolation & purification
  • Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous / veterinary*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phlebotomus / parasitology*


  • DNA, Protozoan