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EPIDEMIOLOGICAL SURVEY OF VISCERAL LEISHMANIASIS: AN EVIDENCE BASED REPORT

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Author(s): Mohammad Arif Khan | Ravada Vinay Kumar | Krishna Pandey | Krishna Murti | Ashok Kumar Gupta

Journal: American Journal of Infectious Diseases
ISSN 1553-6203

Volume: 9;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 59;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Epidemiology | Visceral Leishmaniasis | Incidence | Sex Ratio

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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