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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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