Authors' Response to Peer-Review Reports: https://med.jmirx.org/2021/3/e31512/
Published Article: https://med.jmirx.org/2021/3/e28255/
This is a peer-review report submitted for the paper “Impact of Modifiable Risk Factors on the Occurrence of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Diyala, Iraq: Case-Control Study.”
Round 1 Review
This paper  is very useful, as cutaneous leishmaniasis is a neglected infectious disease in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
1. What is the accurate definition of the controls, mentioned as family members? If they are family members, could there be risk factors in most of the housing characteristics that they share, such as animals in the house, electricity, and distance from animals?
2. In the Background section, I suggest putting the epidemiology globally, followed by the Eastern Mediterranean region, then Iraq (was interrupted).
3. I have a comment on mentioning the risk factors in the Background section.
4. In the Results section, “usage of fogging and bed nets” is repeated twice in two paragraphs.
5. In the Methods section, the ratio of cases:controls should be mentioned.
6. Some of the references need to be revised.
Conflicts of Interest
Edited by E Meinert; This is a non–peer-reviewed article. submitted 23.06.21; accepted 23.06.21; published 30.07.21Copyright
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