Epidemiology of visceral leishmaniasis in Georgia


Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a zoonotic, protozoal infection that is endemic in Georgia, which commonly affects young children. In recent years, the incidence of VL has increased sharply and the geographic distribution has increased. Recently, VL moved to highly populated areas as new foci appeared from 2010-2015, during which, 610 laboratory confirmed cases of VL were registered in Georgia. The majority of cases were found in East Georgia (94.2%) and 5.8% of cases in West Georgia (representing new foci of VL in Georgia).


The purpose of this study was to describe the epidemiology of visceral leishmaniasis in Georgia and to define new control measures.

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December, 2016

July 27, 2017

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