Leishmania braziliensis Isolated from Sloths in Panama

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Science  20 Jun 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3886, pp. 1419-1420
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3886.1419


Two edentates, the twotoed sloth Choloepus hoffmanni and the three-toed sloth Bradypus infuscatus, infected with Leishmania were found in Panama. The rates of infection were 14.1 and 1.3 percent in Choloepus and Bradypus, respectively. Leishmania braziliensis sensu lato was cultured from skin, blood, spleen, liver, or bone marrow of 13 sloths often from two or more tissues from the same animal. This strain is indistinguishable from Leishmania strains isolated from hunmanis in Panama.

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