7th World Congress on Leishmaniosis. Cartagena, Colombia

7th World Congress on Leishmaniosis
August 1st to 6th, 2022
Cartagena, Colombia

LeishVet and BrasiLeish work together to talk about animal leishmaniosis at WorldLeish 7 in Cartagena, Colombia

The 7th WorldLeish, the most important event on leishmaniosis, was celebrated from the 1st to the 6th of August 2022 in Cartagena, Colombia. In this edition, LeishVet and BrasiLeish – the Brazilian group of veterinarian researchers and experts on animal leishmaniosis – were invited to participate in the Congress and were included in the official program for the first time.

LeishVet members talked about several aspects related to animal leishmaniosis. Prof Gad Baneth started the day by addressing the main differences between canine leishmaniosis caused by L. tropica and L. major, and L. infantum infection. Prof Laia Solano Gallego joined him to discuss the main aspects related to L. infantum infection in horses, and Prof Guadalupe Miró presented updated data on the epidemiology of animal leishmaniosis in the Madrid area where the human leishmaniosis outbreak took place ten years ago. Prof Christine Pettersen (on behalf of Prof. Patrick Bourdeau and herself) discussed the sandfly skin parasite interface, and Prof Laia Solano Gallego and Prof Gaetano Oliva talked about the challenges encountered in concomitant infectious in dogs and cats with leishmaniosis. Finally, Prof Gaetano Oliva addressed one of the most frequent questions asked by veterinarians: is treatment in asymptomatic dogs with leishmaniosis necessary?

The morning continued with presentations of BrasiLeish members about animal leishmaniosis in Latin America. Dr Paulo Tabanez raised the question about the need for a change of mind when it comes to animal leishmaniosis. Dr Octavio Estevez discussed aspects of canine and human leishmaniosis in Latin America and Dr Filipe Dantas-Torres talked about canine leishmaniosis caused by L. braziliensis. Dr Tabanez and Dr Fabio dos Santos Nogueira described the diagnosis, clinical staging, and management of L. infantum in dogs in Latin America, and Dr Antonio Rodríguez-Sanchez talked about the scenario of canine leishmaniosis by L. infantum in Paraguay. Dr Victor Ribeiro closed the morning by presenting proposals for the control and management of canine leishmaniosis by L. infantum in Latin America.

The presentations were followed by a roundtable with LeishVet and BraziLeish, asking all the questions arose from the floor.

This meeting was an important step towards working together with the medical community to face the challenges posed by this neglected disease and important zoonosis. A One-Health approach is essential to ensure progress in the field of both human and animal leishmaniosis. We were thrilled to contribute to WorldLeish 7 and are looking forward to participating in other constructive projects in the future.

WorldLeish 7 scientific programme below:

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