Disfiguring tropical disease surges in Afghanistan

Cutaneous leishmanisis

Cutaneous leishmanisis

By ROBERT KENNEDY, Associated Press Writer

KABUL, Afghanistan – An outbreak of a tropical disease caused by sand fly bites that leaves disfiguring skin sores has hit Afghanistan, with tens of thousands of people infected, health officials said Friday.

Cutaneous leishmanisis is a parasitic disease transmitted by the female phlebotomine sand fly — an insect only 2-3 millimeters long that requires the blood of humans or animals so its eggs can develop. Treatable with medication and not life-threatening, cutaneous leishmanisis can leave severe scars on the bodies of victims.

The disease threatens 13 million people in Afghanistan, the World Health Organization said, and many impoverished Afghan victims can’t afford the medication to treat it.

In Kabul — described by the WHO as “the world capital of cutaneous leishmaniasis” — the number of cases jumped from an estimated 17,000 a year in the early 2000s to 65,000 in 2009, WHO said.

Most victims are women and children. WHO said women and children are more vulnerable because they mostly live indoors at night, where the sand flies prefer to bite, and are therefore more susceptible than men who are generally outside the home.

more

sitfu.com
Taking a Closer Look at the Stories Ignored by the Mainstream Media

You Might Also Like
CELEBRITIES WHO DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD
Why are many celebrities atheists? Who are some of the celebrities who don’t believe in God? How is the Illuminati...
DR UMAR JOHNSON – A MESSAGE TO BLACK PEOPLE, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP
11/16/2016 MORE BLACK PEOPLE WILL BECOME REPUBLICANS!! BLACK PEOPLE DID NOT TAKE ACTION WITH OBAMA DONALD TRUMP WIN THE 2016...
10 Yet to Happen Simpson Predictions: Sex Robots, Cashless Society, Trump, Human Hybrid
Top 10 Creepy Yet To Happen Simpson Predictions: 1. Going Online With Your Mind – * Not as far fetched...

There are no comments yet, add one below.

Leave a Reply


Name

Email

Website