Asymptomatic Leishmania infantum/chagasi infection in blood donors of western Sicily

Laura Saporito, Francesco Vitale, Lucina Titone Lanza Di Scalea, Francesco Scarlata, Francesco Occhipinti, Fabrizio Vitale, Stefano Reale, Laura Infurnari, Valentina Li Vecchi

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the risk of transfusion-transmitted visceral leishmaniasis was present in an area of western Sicily where the incidence of the disease is higher than the regional average. From May to December 2005, 1449 blood donors from Agrigento district (Sicily, Italy) were screened for the presence of anti-Leishmania antibodies by an indirect immunofluorescent antibody test (IFAT). Blood samples from IFAT-positive donors were examined by PCR to detect Leishmania DNA. Anti-Leishmania antibodies were found in 11 (0.75%) cases, among which Leishmania DNA was detected from four (36.4%). Particular techniques to inactivate different pathogens would be considered mandatory in the case of immunosuppressed recipients
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)394-396
Numero di pagine3
RivistaTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2008

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