June 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;6/1/2004, Vol. 38 Issue 11, p4
Academic Journal
This article focuses on leishmaniasis diagnosis in military personnel. The Department of Defense staff identified 522 cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis in U.S. military personnel deployed in southwest and Central Asia. In a related report, researchers describe 2 cases of visceral leishmaniasis involving Army soldiers who had served in Afghanistan. Nearly all of the cutaneous leishmaniasis patients were male and 76% were of non-Hispanic white ethnicity. The patients ranged in age from 18 to 57 years, with a median age of 25 years. Based on deployment histories, almost all of the infections were acquired in Iraq with just a few acquired in Afghanistan and Kuwait.


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