Abstract:Leishmania arabica n. sp., found in the rodent Psammomys obesus in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, is described. This parasite, which has also been found in a feral dog in the same area, is distinguished from the common species of the Eastern Province, L. major zymodeme LON-4, on the basis of its very distinctive isoenzyme profile (zymodeme LON-64) and kinetoplast DNA. It is morphologically indistinguishable from L. major. The new parasite has not been found in man to date and its vector is so far unknow… Show more
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