SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

vol.20 issue1Knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and community practices for urban malaria. Tumaco, ColombiaMolecular identification of clinical isolates of Fusarium in Colombia author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Pagealphabetic serial listing  

Services on Demand



Related links

  • On index processCited by Google
  • Have no similar articlesSimilars in SciELO
  • On index processSimilars in Google


Revista de Salud Pública

Print version ISSN 0124-0064


MANOTAS-BERDUGO, Hernán; TORO-MALDONADO, Jessica; RODRIGUEZ-RODRIGUEZ, Jairo  and  SALGADO-GARCIA, Doris. Urban outbreak of leishmaniasis in Colombia. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2018, vol.20, n.1, pp.89-93. ISSN 0124-0064.


To describe the epidemiology, clinical characteristics and treatment of children with visceral Leishmaniasis in Neiva- Huila, from April to June 2012.


We performed a descriptive study of an outbreak of visceral leshmaniasis in children from the urban area of Neiva.


There were seven cases in children younger than five years. All of them had prolonged fever, hepato-splenomegaly, severe anemia and leukopenia. Five were admitted with severe thrombocytopenia, without hemorrhagic manifestations. Six patients received first-line treatment with miltefosine, five of them had treatment failure requirirng therapy escalation to amphotericin B, two received liposomal amphotericin B and three deoxycholate amphotericin B. The main vector identified was the Lutzomyia gomezi and its main reservoir were canines.


We describe the first visceral leishmaniasis outbreak in children living in an urban area, with no mortality. Most of the cases had a good response to amphotericin B.

Keywords : Visceral leishmaniasis; Amphotericin B; leukopenia (source: MeSH, NLM).

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in Spanish     · Spanish ( pdf )