image of Natural Infection of Phlebotomus sergenti by Leishmania tropica in Libya
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is a public health concern caused by () and () in Libya. Information on sandfly vectors, as well as their associated species, is of paramount importance because vector dispersion is one of the major factors responsible for pathogen dissemination. A number of 515 sandflies (275 males and 240 females) were collected during June–November 2012 using the CDC miniature light traps from Al Rabta, northwest of Libya. Two hundred and forty unfed females were identified; () ( = 97), ( = 27), ( = 32), () ( = 38), and ( = 46). These flies were screened for DNA using the polymerase chain reaction–restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis of the internal transcribed spacer 1 and sequencing. Two were found positive to DNA. This finding should be considered for any further vector surveillance and epidemiological studies of CL in endemic areas across Libya.


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  • Published online : 12 Mar 2018
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