Risk Factors for Leishmaniasis
List of Risk Factors for Leishmaniasis
The list of risk factors mentioned for Leishmaniasis in various sources includes:
Risk factors discussion:
all ages are at risk for leishmaniasis if they live or travel where leishmaniasis
is found. Leishmaniasis usually is more common in rural than urban areas;
but it is found in the outskirts of some cities. The risk for leishmaniasis
is highest from dusk to dawn because this is when sand flies are the most
active. All it takes to get infected is to be bitten by one infected sand
fly. This is more likely to happen the more people are bitten, that is,
the more time they spend outside in rural areas from dusk to dawn. Adventure
travelers, Peace Corps volunteers, missionaries, ornithologists (people
who study birds), other people who do research outdoors at night, and
soldiers are examples of people who may have an increased risk for leishmaniasis
(especially cutaneous leishmaniasis). (Source: excerpt from Leishmania Infection: DPD)
About risk factors:
Risk factors for Leishmaniasis are factors that do not seem
to be a direct cause of the disease,
but seem to be associated in some way.
Having a risk factor for Leishmaniasis
makes the chances
of getting a condition higher but does
not always lead to Leishmaniasis.
Also, the absence of any risk factors
or having a protective factor does not necessarily
guard you against getting Leishmaniasis.
For general information and a list of risk factors,
see the risk center.
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