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any of various two-winged flies, especially those of the genus Phlebotomus, which are important vectors in the transmission of leishmaniasis and phlebotomus fever.
sandfly fever phlebotomus fever.
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A small, biting, dipterous midge of the genus Phlebotomus or Lutzomyia; a vector of leishmaniasis.
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sand fly

1. Any of various small biting flies of the genus Phlebotomus of tropical areas, some of which transmit diseases.
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A small—circa 3 mm—hairy insect with a stinging, persistent bite that is a vector for various infectious diseases; the New World sandfly, Lutzomyia longipalpis, is a vector for bartonellosis (B bacilliformis) and leishmaniasis (Leishmania mexicana, L braziliensis); the Old World sandfly, Phlebotomus papatasi, is the vector for cutaneous leishmaniasis (Leishmania tropica), sandfly fever; New and Old World sandflies may be vectors for kala-azar (Leishmania donovani)
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For example, amino acid distance between Punta Toro virus and Candiru virus was 39% and between SFTS virus and sandfly fever Naples virus was 68%.
(1) Military formations ranging from Greece to Pakistan have been troubled by the development of SFF outbreaks in recent years, (7,8) Sandfly fever has been known to be endemic in Afghanistan for many years, but was most notably identified during the 1980s Soviet occupation of Afghanistan when SFF was known to attack significant proportions of Soviet troops based in eastern Afghanistan.
Further evidence that deltamethrin-impregnated collars protect domestic dogs from sandfly bites.
This expression is the simplest way to simulate the changes on sandfly population size dynamics between 1999 and 2015.
Fever subsided on the day after hospitalization and sandfly IgM and IgG antibodies were found to be positive.
Further support was provided by the concept that VL is an emerging disease where the sandfly vector and the protozoal parasite are able to adapt and spread into intra-domiciliary and peri-urban environments.13 In Brazil, it was documented that during the late 1980s VL has expanded into previously unaffected rural areas and into the outskirts of large cities.14 This situation has resulted into undue delay in diagnosis
It is transmitted by a sandfly's bite and symptoms range from ulcers or sores on the skin, through to cartilage destruction in and around the nose and mouth, or a potentially fatal infection of the liver and spleen.
Primary skin lesions occur at the site of the sandfly bite, usually on the face or hands as a small erythematous papule that slowly grows over a period of several weeks (4).
These desert boils are caused by the bite of a desert sandfly. There were 50 military patients alone treated at Heartlands in 2008.
Leishmanisis (Cutaneous) is a parasitic disease transmitted through the bite of certain species of sandfly. The major symptom is skin sores which erupt weeks to months after the person has been bitten.
Detection of Chandipura viral RNA in one sandfly pool from an affected village suggests the role of sandflies as the vectors.