ISIS has created yet another problem that Syrians have to worry about. Between a raging civil war, dealing with ISIS, and avoiding bomb campaigns by Western powers, they now have to worry about flesh eating parasites.
Among the chaos of the Syrian civil war, an unlikely party has decided to take advantage of the situation – a flesh eating protozoan known as Leishmaniasis.
Leishmaniasis is spread by the flies which are swarming Syria due to the number of bodies being dumped in the streets by ISIS. While this disease is curable, Syria’s health care system is virtually nonexistent after almost 5 years of constant turmoil. The virus is taking many by surprise, and those infected have very few options for treatment.
Leishmaniasis kills between 20 and 50,000 people every year, mostly in the developing world. With a lack of doctors and no access to treatment, those suffering from Leishmaniasis in Syria are really struggling.