How is transfusion-transmitted L donovani infection prevented?

Updated: Jan 15, 2017
  • Author: Mudassar Zia, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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L donovani belongs to a group of intracellular parasites. The common mode of transmission is a bite by sandflies of the genus Phlebotomus. Cases of transmission by transfusion of blood products have been reported in highly endemic areas. For this reason, people returning to the United States from war zones in Iraq are being deferred from donations for 1 year. [70]


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