Global database of leishmaniasis occurrence locations, 1960-2012.
Pigott DM., Golding N., Messina JP., Battle KE., Duda KA., Balard Y., Bastien P., Pratlong F., Brownstein JS., Freifeld CC., Mekaru SR., Madoff LC., George DB., Myers MF., Hay SI.
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.