Epidemiological Study of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Wasit Province
Keywords:cutaneous leishmania, Giemsa, Leishmania major, Leishmania tropica
The present study was conducted to detect the cutaneous Leishmaniasis from a total of suspected cases
that were collected from dermatology center of AL-Karamah Teaching Hospital in Al-Kut city from 1st
October 2019 to the end of February 2020. Totally 60 patients were included 36 males and 24 females. The
collected skin specimens were smeared and stained with Giemsa stain, then examined by microscope under
oil immersion lenses. The results of current study appeared that 56(93.3%) were positive amastigotes, The
prevalence of CL were 36 (60%) in males and 24(40%) in females, while the highest infection 36(60%)
in rural area and lowest 24(40%) in urban area. The percent of infection with Cutaneous leishmaniasis
according to type of lesions recorded were equal in dry and wet ulcers type (50 % ) for each one.
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