Post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL) is a parasitic skin infection which can occur after visceral leishmaniasis (VL). Recent xenodiagnosis studies (Mondal et al., Clin. Infect. Dis., 2018) have uncovered the infectiousness of PKDL. When including this in a transmission model, PKDL cases appear as an important reservoir of infection, likely frustrating the VL elimination efforts on the Indian subcontinent.

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Keywords elimination, post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL), transmission dynamics, visceral leishmaniasis, xenodiagnosis
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Journal Trends in Parasitology
le Rutte, E.A, Zijlstra, E.E, & de Vlas, S.J. (2019). Post-Kala-Azar Dermal Leishmaniasis as a Reservoir for Visceral Leishmaniasis Transmission. Trends in Parasitology. doi:10.1016/