Leishmania mexicana infection of the eyelid in a traveler to Belize

Joseph M. Vinetz, Lynn Soong

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A 50 year-old man, a United States resident, presented in Texas with a violaceous non-ulcerating lesion, involving the entire lower eyelid. The patient had traveled to a jungle area of Belize several hours drive from the capital city. Leishmania mexicana was isolated. The lesion only partially resolved after an initial course of sodium stibogluconate, requiring retreatment. At two years of follow-up, there was no relapse. The parasite isolated from the patient caused a progressive, non-ulcerating lesion in an experimental mouse footpad infection. This is an unusual case of cutaneous leishmaniasis in a traveler. Travelers must be educated about personal protective measures to prevent exotic infections acquired during travel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-152
Number of pages4
JournalBrazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2007


  • Belize
  • Leishmania mexicana
  • Traveler

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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