Biology of the Leishmania−Sand Fly Interaction

  • Paulo F. P. Pimenta
  • Vanessa C. de Freitas
  • Carolina C. Monteiro
  • Ana Clara M. A. Pires
  • Nágila Francinete C. Secundino


Leishmaniasis is a spectrum of diseases transmitted by sand-fly vector caused by a protozoa parasite from the genus Leishmania (Trypanosomatida: Trypanosomatidae) This vector-borne disease is transmitted to humans exclusively through sand-fly bites. The Leishmania genus was given to honor Sir William Boog Leishman, an assistant professor of pathology in the British Army Medical School, who discovered the parasite for the first time on a slide spleen smear in 1903.



The authors Paulo F. P. Pimenta and Nágila F. C. Secundino received financial support from Fiocruz, CNPq e Fapemig.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paulo F. P. Pimenta
    • 1
  • Vanessa C. de Freitas
    • 1
  • Carolina C. Monteiro
    • 1
  • Ana Clara M. A. Pires
    • 1
  • Nágila Francinete C. Secundino
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Pesquisas René Rachou, Fundação Oswaldo CruzBelo HorizonteBrasil

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