Leishmania tropica

 

 

 

 

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Clinical Syndromes

 The incubation period can be as short as 2 weeks or as long as 2 months.

First signs of infection, a red papule will appear at the site of the bite. It would become irritated and would being to swell and ulcerate. Soon after, the ulcer would become hard and crusted. It will then exude a thin serous material and complications might arise. No treatment is needed as it will heal by itself however, it will leave behind a scar. 

 

Treatment, Prevention and Control

 Heat can be applied directly to the lesion. Protective clothing, screening should be used to protect oneself from the bites. Upon infection, it has to be treated promptly to reduce the incidence of human infection.