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Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 1995 Mar-Apr;89(2):185-6.

Visceral leishmaniasis in Bangladesh: the value of DAT as a diagnostic tool.

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Department of Parasitology, Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, Mohakhali, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Abstract

The direct agglutination test (DAT) was performed on 480 serum samples from suspected cases of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in different parts of Bangladesh. Significant titres (> or = 1:3200) were found in 257 sera (53.5%). All patients with positive bone-marrow aspirates also had significant DAT titres. The male:female seroprevalence ratio was 2:1 and the age-group 0-20 years was the most affected. The DAT proved a simple, economical and reliable diagnostic test for VL.

PMID:
7778144
DOI:
10.1016/0035-9203(95)90487-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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