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Volume 22 (3):195-200, 2018.
Prevalence of cutaneous Leishmaniasis in 1325 displaced persons camps in Iraq.
Salaah M Sadeq, Maysoon S Abbas.
Sadeq SM, Abbas MS., Prevalence of cutaneous Leishmaniasis in 1325 displaced persons camps in Iraq, Onl J Vet Res., 22 (3):195-200, 2018. Authors report prevalence of cutaneous Leishmaniasis in 650 subjects in caravan and 675 in tents located in displaced persons camps (IDP) in Iraq. Incidence was recorded by age, gender and site of infection. In the caravan camp, 26 cases accounted for a total prevalence of 4% wherein 46% were aged 5–15 years, 31% were 0–5 years and 23% were older than 15. Lesions were located 55% on upper hands, 32% face, and 15% lower legs. In subjects with Leishmaniasis, 62% were male and 38% female. In the tent camp with 675 subjects, we found 125 infected with prevalence of 18.5% wherein 5-15 year olds accounted for 50%, 0–5 year olds for 31%, and older than 15 years 19%. In this camp, the condition was foundin 42% females and 58% males with most lesions in upper hands (50%), face (38%) and lower legs (12%). Results suggest that location and poor sanitation may account for higher incidence of cutaneous Leishmaniasis in tent camps.
Keywords; Cutaneous Leishmaniasis, displaced persons camps, Iraq.