FOCUS OF VISCERAL LEISHMANIASIS IN DISTRICT ABBOTTABAD
AbstractBackground: A lot of studies are available regarding geographical distribution of leishmaniasis in Pakistan. We reportour experience in Abbottabad district. Results: We have diagnosed 35 cases of visceral leishmaniasis by bone marrowaspirate examination in the Department of Pathology, Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad, during the period fromJanuary 1992 to December 1996. All the cases belonged to Hazara Division. Twenty-four cases (68.5%) belonged toan area of 5 km radius located about 15 kms from Abbottabad. This main area comprises the villages of Dhamtor,Azizabad, Bagh Bandi, Nathiagali and Berangali. In our study, it is this strip which is the focus of the disease inDistrict Abbottabad. Further epidemiological studies are required to complete the picture of various types ofLeishmaniasis and its distribution in this area.
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