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September 30, 2014
New Scientific Data paper published on global database of leishmaniasis

A new paper Global database of leishmaniasis occurrence locations, 1960-2012 by Pigott et al has been published in Scientific Data.

The leishmaniases are neglected tropical diseases of significant public health importance. However, information on their global occurrence is disparate and sparse. This database represents an attempt to collate reported leishmaniasis occurrences from 1960 to 2012.

Methodology for the collection of data from the literature, abstraction of case locations and data processing procedures are described here. In addition, strain archives and online data resources were accessed. A total of 12,563 spatially and temporally unique occurrences of both cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis comprise the database, ranging in geographic scale from villages to states.

These data can be used for a variety of mapping and spatial analyses covering multiple resolutions.