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Captured in the Paraguayan capital city of Asunción, this young girl presented to a clinical setting exhibiting a swelling of her left eye, marked enough to cause closure of her eyelids. At the time of this photograph, the patient, suspected of having been infected with a Leishmania sp. parasite, was undergoing what is known as a xenodiagnostic study. You can see that a jar had been secured to her right arm, in which a number of phlebotomine sandflies had been placed, which were allowed to bite the patient, thereby, ingesting her blood. If the patient’s blood contained the parasites, then so too, would the sandflies, which were subsequently subjected to tests that would confirm the diagnosis of leishmaniasis.
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Content Providers(s): CDC/ Dr. A. Canese
Creation Date: 1966
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