Leishmaniasis

Leishmania parasiteLeishmaniasis refers to a group of disorders caused by members of the genus Leishmania. The parasite is not easily recovered from blood and is also difficult to observe in the bone marrow. Therefore, serology plays an important role in supporting diagnosis.

The indirect immunofluorescence assay becomes positive in as little as two weeks after infection while other less sensitive techniques such as complement fixation usually take at least six weeks to show seroconversion.

The Mardx® Leishmaniasis IFA test system is intended for the detection of human antibodies to Leishmania species in serum or plasma by the indirect fluorescent antibody test.

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