tropica can be anthroponotic, foci in Israel appear to be zoonotic, with rock hyraxes (Procavia capensis) serving as probable reservoir hosts (4).
These boulder mounds are inhabited by numerous rock hyraxes (P.
Studies were conducted in the outskirts of urban neighborhoods, where boulder mounds were inhabited by large populations of rock hyraxes.
Rock hyraxes were trapped by using raccoon traps (http://www.
Eight of 73 rock hyraxes from the northern focus and 6 of 46 rock hyraxes from the southern focus were positive for L.
We have identified 2 emerging foci of CL in which rock hyraxes serve as reservoir hosts of the causative agent L.
Rock hyraxes in both loci were found infected with L.
In the Galilee loci, rock hyraxes inhabit crevices within boulder mounds that were created when land was cleared for the construction of houses.
Ashford for many stimulating discussions and assistance with parasite isolation from hyraxes.