cutaneous leishmaniasis


n.

An endemic disease in northern Africa and western and central Asia, caused by infection with promastigotes of Leishmania tropica and transmitted by the bite of a sandfly of the genus Phlebotomus. It begins as a papule that enlarges to a nodule and then breaks down into an ulcer that leaves an indented scar.Old World leishmaniasis

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