“New ‘Flesh-Eating’ Disease Spreading Across Syria and the Middle East”
Posted by feww on June 3, 2016
Cases of Leishmaniasis up from 23,000 before the war to 41,000 in 2013: Syrian Ministry of Health
The disease is spreading across Syria, with cases also reported in Palestine, Israel, Lebanon and Turkey, according to reports.
“Between 2000 and 2012, there were only six reported cases of the disease in Lebanon.”
However, in 2013 alone, some 1,033 cases were reported in Southern Lebanon, of which 96 per cent occurred among the displaced Syrian refugees, the Lebanese Ministry of Health has said.
Refugee settlements in Nizip, southern Turkey, have reported several hundred cases of the disease.
Speaking to Mail Online, Dr Waleed Al-Salem, one of the authors of the research was carried out in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, said: ‘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, oreven into Europe as they seek refuge.
‘Prior to the outbreak of war there was good control of diseases, parasites and sand flies but when the conflict started no one cared, conditions worsened and the health system broke down, which has created an ideal environment for disease outbreaks.’
Of course, it wasn’t that “no one cared.” It was that no one was able to provide adequate care because the United States, Israel, the GCC, and NATO had overrun the country with savage terrorists and destroyed the infrastructure, not to mention the Western sanctions imposed upon the country which, alone, would have made it difficult to treat.