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In the second Live Webinar on Canine Leishmaniosis, free access, that will be held November 17th 2020, from 1:30 pm, organized with the support of Ecuphar, will be discussed the topical repellents currently available in Italy, useful to protect dogs against the flebotomine bites and then to prevent the Leishmania transmission.

In the webinar will be displayed scientific information and practical advices about:

This document was drawn up by Dr. Patrizia Parodi (Directorate General of Health Prevention of the Ministry) with the collaboration of Dr. Luigi Gradoni (former Research director of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and member of the GSLC) to update the level of information attached to the surveillance, as requested by the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization to countries with mandatory notification of human leishmaniasis, such as Italy. The circular, being primarily intended for the competent Departments of the Regions and Autonomous Provinces, was enriched with entomological information and data on the spread of canine leishmaniasis.

A webinar on Canine Leishmaniosis will be held on October 10th, 2020 in cooperation with ECUPHAR and UNISVET by two members of the CLWG:
Dr. Xavi Roura “How to treat a dog with leishmaniasis and renal disease”

Dr. Silvia Benali “Renal leishmaniasis ……. at the microscope”

To be enrolled and follow this free access webinar it is necessary to enter to the UNISVET web page. In the following days the webinar could be accessed also in the ECUPHAR web page. Veterinarians could collect a CE credit only in the UNISVET web page (

The webinars recording presented by Prof. Zatelli (When the canine leishmaniasis prevention improve the renal function) and by Prof. Lubas (From the clinical case to the diagnosis of leishmaniasis in the dog) are available on the Ecuphar company website ( subjected to the website registration. Have a good view and continuing education.

From today in order to download the contents available on this website (Download: Publication and scientific material) the registration of the guest is necessary.

This is according to the current rules for the circulation of scientific contents in websites and to establish a productive and long-lasting contact with the guest interested to the topic of canine leishmaniasis. In addition, to benefit the contacts by email with the Coordinator or with the Public relation manager the registration is necessary.

Prof. George Lubas, chairman of the CLWG, will held the day June 22nd starting from 1:30 pm a web seminar on Zoom platform on the SCIVAC-EV web site whose title is “From the clinical case to the diagnosis of leishmaniasis in the dog”. This on-line event is part of the continuing education plan of the Ecuphar firm that support all the scientific activities of the Canine Leishmaniasis Working Group.

Michael Day, Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Pathology who almost completely carried out his scientific activities at the University of Bristol, UK, passed away on day 10th of May 2020.

In the CLWG meeting of Rome held on February 21st, 2020 the application of Dr. Silvia Lucia Benali as effective member has been approved. Previously, Dr. Benali was acting as honorary member. The participation of Dr. Benali as effective member will support the knowledges on the renal histopathology which are a key point in the disease induced by leishmania (please refer to the curriculum vitae)

The CLWG published a scientific article in the Veterinaria official journal of SCIVAC whose title is  “Leishmaniasis prevention: what should be known before recommending a topical product against sand fly bites in dogs?” (Year 32, Issue n. 2, April 2018, pages 101-112).

The presentations of the Interdisciplinary Seminar on the Canine Leishmaniasis held in Desenzano Del Garda, Italy on October the 13th, 2019 are now available in the download section. The list of available presentations in Italian language as pdf files are:


The Executive Board of CLWG has been renewed
On the occasion for the autumnal meeting of CLWG that has been held in Rome on November 10th, 2023, a general and extraordinary assembly to renew the Executive Board has been organized. Indeed, the regular expiry of the Executive Board was originally set at the end of March 2024. Due to administrative reasons the deadline has been anticipated of few months.
prof. Domenico Otranto

In the autumnal meeting of CLWG that has been held in Rome the last November 10th, 2023, the participation as effective member of CLWG of Prof. Domenico Otranto has been approved by the general assembly. 

Prof. Otranto is a full professor of Parassitological Disease at the University of Bari, Department of Veterinary Medicine and diplomate of European Board of Veterinary Specialist in Parassitology. 

CLWG meeting of Novarello, September 18th, 2022 Canine leishmaniosis: old and new evidence. Let’s talk together

After almost two years of scientific and continuing education del CLWG using remote connections, a scientific meeting of continuing education on site has been organized at Granozzo di Monticello, Novara whose title is “Canine leishmaniosis: old and new evidence. Let’s talk together”. To attend this meeting is necessary the registration. The planning of the meeting is organized with five presentations:

In order to streamline the study above different features of canine leishmaniasis the following three subgroups have been established:

Management and implementation of studies and protocols on canine leishmaniasis: Dr. Michele Maroli (coordinator), Dr. Nunzio D’Anna, Dr. Luigi Gradoni, Dr. Alessandra Fondati, Prof. George Lubas, Prof. Saverio Paltrinieri, Dr. Xavier Roura, Prof. Andrea Zatelli, Dr. Eric Zini

Nephrology and Leishmaniasis: Prof. Andrea Zatelli, Dr. Xavier Roura, Prof. Oscar Cortadellas, Dr. Silvia Benali.

CLWG management and promotion: Prof. George Lubas (coordinator), Dr. Paola Bianchi.