Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Physician Assistant Studies (PA)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Holly Levine


Leishmaniasis is a protozoan disease that is common in tropical areas of the globe. Around the world this disease is transmitted from different hosts by various sand-fly species. The most prevalent countries for any type of leishmaniasis are Brazil, India, and Ethiopia. There are three presentations of the disease seen around the world: visceral, mucosal, and cutaneous. Overall cutaneous leishmaniasis is a disease that can be disfiguring and disrupting to individuals across the world. Though it may be difficult to access information for those in rural communities in Central America it is important for providers to provide information in an attempt to spread details about sand-fly bites and CL. Preventative guidelines should be addressed primarily in an effort to decrease the incidence of the disease. A useful research topic for the future would be a collective study comparing the efficacy of multiple different medications for CL. Another topic for research would be the development of a new pentavalent antimony compound.



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