Spatiotemporal and molecular epidemiology of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Libya

  • Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is a skin infection caused by a single-celled parasite that is transmitted by the bite of a phlebotomine sandfly. CL is the most common form of leishmaniasis characterized by localized lesions in the skin and mucous membranes. The disease is prevalent in all countries around the Mediterranean Basin. In this paper, we describe spatiotemporal and eco-epidemiological parameters of CL in Libya. Moreover, we explored current spatiotemporal distributions of CL cases and explored the future projection of the disease. Our study indicates the presence of higher risk of CL in the coastal regions of Libya. Future projection until 2060 showed a trend of increasing incidence of CL in the north-western part of Libya, a spread along the coastal region and a possible emergence of new endemics in the north-eastern districts of Libya. These scenarios should be considered by health authorities in order to develop appropriate intervention strategies and plan effective control programs.

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Author:Ahmad Amro, Hamida Al-Dwibe, Aisha Gashout, Olga Moskalenko, Marlena Galafin, Omar Hamarsheh, Marcus FrohmeORCiDGND, Anja Jaeschke, Gabriele Schönian, Katrin KuhlsORCiD
Parent Title (English):PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Document Type:Article
Year of Publication:2017
Publishing Institution:Technische Hochschule Wildau
Release Date:2017/10/24
Source:Amro A, Al-Dwibe H, Gashout A, Moskalenko O, Galafin M, et al. (2017) Spatiotemporal and molecular epidemiology of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Libya. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 11(9): e0005873.
Faculties an central facilities:Fachbereich Ingenieur- und Naturwissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 57 Biowissenschaften; Biologie / 570 Biowissenschaften; Biologie
Licence (German):Creative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International
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