Cyprus

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

Leishmania donovani leishmaniasis in Cyprus

Nicole Léger and Jérôme Depaquit emphasise “the importance of preventing an extension of this anthroponotic species in Europe”,1 a point also stressed by Dujardin et al,2 since leishmaniasis is not placed under public health surveillance in Europe.We certainly agree with the authors that the indigenous transmission of Leishmania donovani to Cyprus needs to be proven, since the possibility of the invasion of Cyprus by anthropophilic L donovani vectors... 

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