Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a horrific flesh-eating parasite that often leaves people with severe facial scarring, as you can see above.
The disease is usually only found in the Middle East and is generally transported via sand flies. The bad news it that it’s made its way out of the region and into southern Europe due to all the refugees that are fleeing Syria. So it’s basically all down to ISIS that the disease is heading closer to us because the fact that they’re fucking everything up over there is causing people to leave.
ISIS have actually been responsible for the spread of the disease in the Middle East too because their medical facilities are so crappy. They also tend to leave bodies rotting in the street rather than giving them a proper burial and this has also helped facilitate its spread.
Dr Waleed Al-Salem of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine laid out his fears:
It’s a very bad situation. The disease has spread dramatically in Syria, but also into countries like Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and even into southern Europe with refugees coming in.
There are thousands of cases in the region but it is still underestimated because no one can count the exact number of people affected.
When people are bitten by a sand fly – which are tiny and smaller than a mosquito – it can take anything between two to six months to have the infection.
So someone might have picked it up in Syria but then they may have fled into Lebanon or Turkey, or even into Europe as they seek refuge.
That’s not so good. Let’s hope Al-Salem and the boys can get a handle on the situation before it gets really serious, as I don’t want to ever suffer from something that could do that to me. It’s a scary thought that this may be a reality at some point though.
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