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The history of leishmaniasis

Overview of attention for article published in Parasites & Vectors, February 2017
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (94th percentile)

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58 tweeters
2 Facebook pages
3 Wikipedia pages


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The history of leishmaniasis
Published in
Parasites & Vectors, February 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13071-017-2028-5
Pubmed ID

Dietmar Steverding


In this review article the history of leishmaniasis is discussed regarding the origin of the genus Leishmania in the Mesozoic era and its subsequent geographical distribution, initial evidence of the disease in ancient times, first accounts of the infection in the Middle Ages, and the discovery of Leishmania parasites as causative agents of leishmaniasis in modern times. With respect to the origin and dispersal of Leishmania parasites, the three currently debated hypotheses (Palaearctic, Neotropical and supercontinental origin, respectively) are presented. Ancient documents and paleoparasitological data indicate that leishmaniasis was already widespread in antiquity. Identification of Leishmania parasites as etiological agents and sand flies as the transmission vectors of leishmaniasis started at the beginning of the 20(th) century and the discovery of new Leishmania and sand fly species continued well into the 21(st) century. Lately, the Syrian civil war and refugee crises have shown that leishmaniasis epidemics can happen any time in conflict areas and neighbouring regions where the disease was previously endemic.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Portugal 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Argentina 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Unknown 908 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 170 19%
Student > Master 160 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 119 13%
Researcher 69 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 62 7%
Other 117 13%
Unknown 217 24%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 163 18%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 119 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 90 10%
Immunology and Microbiology 83 9%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 47 5%
Other 164 18%
Unknown 248 27%

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