About the Authors

Katrin Kuhls, Matthias Schaar, Sebastian Ochsenreither, Oliver A. Radtke, Gabriele Schönian
Institut für Mikrobiologie und Hygiene, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Carmen Chicharro, Carmen Cañavate
WHO Collaborating Centre for Leishmaniasis, Servicio de Parasitología, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Mahadahonda (Madrid), Spain

Sofia Cortes, Lenea Campino
Unidade de Leishmanioses, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

Christos Haralambous, Ketty Soteriadou
Laboratory of Molecular Parasitology, Hellenic Pasteur Institute, Athens, Greece

Francine Pratlong, Jean-Pierre Dedet
Laboratoire de Parasitologie and Centre National de Référence des Leishmania, Université Montpellier 1 and CHU Montpellier, Montpellier, France

Isabel Mauricio, Michael Miles
Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Katrin.Kuhls@charite.de

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

C. Cañavate, L. Campino, K. Soteriadou, J. Dedet, I. Mauricio, M. Miles, G. Schönian conceived the project of typing of European L. infantum. K. Kuhls and G. Schönian designed the experiments and analyzed the data. K. Kuhls, C. Chicharro, S. Cortes, C. Haralambous, M. Schaar, S. Ochsenreither, O. Radtke performed the experiments. K. Kuhls, I. Mauricio, G. Schönian wrote the paper. C. Chicharro, C. Cañavate, S. Cortes, L. Campino, C. Haralambous, K. Soteriadou, F. Pratlong, J. Dedet, I. Mauricio, M. Miles collected strains and/or provided the DNA. F. Pratlong and J. Dedet performed MLEE typing.