visceral leishmaniasis in tunisia: result of the isoenzymatic characterization of 65 leishmania infantum strains.the isoenzymatic characterization of 65 tunisian strains of leishmania, isolated from human cases of visceral leishmaniasis between june 1998 and august 2001, revealed the existence of 3 zymodemes of the l. infantum complex: mon-1 the most common (93.8%), followed by mon-24 (3.1%) and mon-80 (3.1%). 72% of the strains were obtained from children under the age of 5 years. the majority of the studied strains originated from 8 provinces of northern tunisia, particularly the province of zaghouan.200212625137
[infantile visceral leishmaniasis from leishmania infantum mon-24: a reality in tunisia].the authors report the first documented observation of infantile visceral leishmaniasis due to leishmania infantum mon-24 zymodeme in tunisia. this zymodeme was isolated from a non-immunodepressed two-year-old child, with visceral leishmaniasis, originating from zaghouan, in northern tunisia. this case shows that beside l. infantum mon-1 and mon-80, l. infantum mon-24, the usual parasite of cutaneous leishmaniasis, there exists also a causative agent of visceral leishmaniasis in our country.200010774485
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