American Journal of Infectious Diseases

EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SURVEY OF VISCERAL LEISHMANIASIS: AN EVIDENCE BASED REPORT

Mohammad Arif Khan, Ravada Vinay Kumar, Krishna Pandey, Krishna Murti and Ashok Kumar Gupta

DOI : 10.3844/ajidsp.2013.59.62

American Journal of Infectious Diseases

Volume 9, Issue 2

Pages 59-62

Abstract

The aim of this study was to find out the epidemiology of visceral leishmaniasis among individuals of different age group and sex living in rural communities of Bihar, India. A retrospective study was conducted on 133 patients with a history of prolong fever and weight loss who was admitted at Rajendra Memorial Research Institute Of Medical Sciences (RMRIMS), Patna, India during the year 2013 (from January 2013 to April 2013). It was found that majority of the cases (64.67%) cases were of adults aged between 15-45 years of age, 21.80% cases were of children below 14 years of age whereas 13.5% cases belong to patients of age more than 45 years of age including elderly patients. Leishmaniasis is a life threatening disease affecting poorest of the poor.

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© 2013 Mohammad Arif Khan, Ravada Vinay Kumar, Krishna Pandey, Krishna Murti and Ashok Kumar Gupta. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.