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Persistent Infections by Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis

Keywords: Leishmania (V.) braziliensis , persistent infections , American tegumentary leishmaniasis

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Here we review the phenomenon of persistency in Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis infections. In other Leishmania species where appropriate animal models exist, considerable advances in the understanding of basic immunologic mechanisms of persistency have been made; for a review see Aebisher (1994). On the contrary, the evidences of persistence in infections with L. braziliensis rest on studies of human clinical cases many of which we summarized and discussed in this work


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