What is the role of immunity in the prevention of leishmaniasis?

Updated: Feb 18, 2020
  • Author: Craig G Stark, MD, FACP, FFTM, RCPS(Glasg), FISTM; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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After successful treatment, patients generally acquire immunity (97-98% effective) from the Leishmania species with which they were infected. Abortive infections due to therapy with effective agents are felt to reduce the protective immunity often seen with full course, self-resolving infections.


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