Is the Montenegro Skin Test for Leishmaniasis safe?

Yes. This skin test uses parts of the killed protozoan parasite. However it is only useful in cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis. If you have suspicion of visceral leishmaniasis(systemic) the test is useless and cannot detect internal disease. Serologic testing using Elisa or IFA can be useful. CDC Lab: http://1.usa.gov/1CSXNdC Walter Reed Leishmania Lab: http://bit.ly/1zdBrT7.

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Can you get a Montenegro Skin Test for Leishmaniasis in the United States?

Call CDC. Most cases of Leishmaniasis occur in Mexico and South America, and tests are readily available in endemic areas. If you are concerned about a possible case in the US, go get checked out by a dermatologist that can contact the CDC and locate this for you, if you need more help to locate a Derm, contact HealthTap for a referral and more specific answers. Read more...
No. This is not available in US or Canada. Read more...