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VBORNET Newsletter 8, special issue ‘SAND FLIES’, July 2010

CONTENTS
1. Phlebotominae sand flies (Diptera: Psychodidae): Main vectors in Europe and their distribution with special emphasis for Turkey
2. The leishmaniasis in southern Europe
3. Public health importance and control of sand flies in continental Europe
4. Sand fly species as new vector candidates for Leishmania transmission in Europe
5. Sandfly bites, saliva and gut secretions: Could it contribute to disease control?

Document: 

WP8 Epidemiology and Preparedness to Cross-Border Emerging Zoonoses in the Mediterranean Countries and Balkans

Rengina Vorou (WP8 Leader), Kassiani Mellou, and Kassiani Gkolfinopoulou
On behalf of the WP8 steering team:
R. S.Y. Al-Haddadin, S. Abdullah Saleh (Jordan), O. Kalakouta, A. Hadjilouka (Cyprus), S. AbouElazm, E.A.E.H. Ali
(Egypt), Y. Al Amour, M. Karim (Syria), E. Kakarriqi, S. Bino (Albania), N. Ramadani, A. Kalaveshi (Kosovo UNSCR
1244), Z. Karadzovski, Z. Milenkovik (Fyrom - Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), M. Bejaoui (Tunisia), G.
Dougas (Greece).

Genetic diversity and structure in Leishmania infantum populations from southeastern Europe revealed by microsatellite analysis

Abstract
Background: The dynamic re-emergence of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in south Europe and the northward shift to
Leishmania-free European countries are well-documented. However, the epidemiology of VL due to Leishmania
infantum in southeastern (SE) Europe and the Balkans is inadequately examined. Herein, we aim to re-evaluate and
compare the population structure of L. infantum in SE and southwestern (SW) Europe.
Methods: Leishmania strains collected from humans and canines in Turkey, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania and

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