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Title: The intradermal Leishmanin test as an epidemiological tool
Authors: Fenech, Frederick F.
Keywords: Kala-azar
Kala-azar -- Malta -- Case studies
Leishmaniasis -- Epidemiology
Skin tests
Issue Date: 1976
Publisher: The St. Luke`s Hospital Gazette
Citation: Fenech, F.F. (1976). The intradermal Leishmanin test as an epidemiological tool. The St. Luke`s Hospital Gazette, 11(2), 121-122.
Abstract: Malta had been an endemic area for Kala-azar long before Critien made the diagnosis of the first case of infantile leishmaniasis in 1911. There is no doubt that the dramatic drop in the incidence which has occurred since 1948 must be related to the general improvement in sanitation. The purpose of this preliminary study was to confirm the hypothesis that actual cases of Kala-azar are a microfocus of infection in the community as well as to assess the usefulness of this skin test in epidemiological work. It is likely that the leishmanin skin test can prove as useful in the study of the epidemiology of leishmaniases as the tuberculin test in tuberculosis.
Appears in Collections:TSLHG, Volume 11, Issue 2
TSLHG, Volume 11, Issue 2

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