Cutaneous leishmaniosis in a horse in southern Germany caused by Leishmania infantum

Kernt Koehler, Maximilian Stechele, Udo Hetzel, Mariano Domingo, Gabriele Schönian, Horst Zahner, Eberhard Burkhardt

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This report describes a case of cutaneous leishmaniosis in a horse in southern Germany. Diagnosis is based on histopathology, immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy. The protozoan was identified as Leishmania infantum via PCR and restriction fragment length polymorphism. The horse did not show specific Leishmania antibodies. The lesions healed completely within 6 months without any specific treatment. Since neither the infected horse nor its dam had ever left their rural area, autochthonous infection in Germany cannot be excluded. Factors possibly influencing the epidemiological situation are discussed. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-17
JournalVeterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Reports
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2002


  • Cutaneous leishmaniosis
  • Germany
  • Horse
  • Leishmania infantum
  • Skin


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