ISIS to blame for spreading ‘flesh eating bug’ across Syria

The civil war in Syria is creating a major health crisis for the country and ISIS is mainly to blame.

The humanitarian non-profit, Kurdish Red Crescent, says ISIS is responsible for spreading a flesh eating bug, known as Leishmaniasis Disease, across Syria.

One Red Crescent worker told the Daily Mail that ISIS is killing innocent people then dumping their corpses in the streets, which is the “leading factor” behind the rapid spread of this potentially deadly disease.

More than 500 cases have been reported over the past year, according to the Daily Mail.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says that as a result of the “bitter” civil war, now over four years old, the country’s health service has “collapsed.” According to WHO, 58% of public hospitals in the country were either “partially or fully destroyed.”

13 million Syrians are reportedly in need of humanitarian assistance.   Some call it the “Aleppo button”, a welt caused by leishmaniasis, an illness that is sweeping the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Officials say the prolonged conflict in Syria has led to an increase in trauma cases, rising mental health needs, reproductive health issues and both communicable and non-communicable diseases.

According to WHO — there are three main forms of Leishmaniasis Disease — the most destructive of which is the ‘mucocutaneous’ form–which eats away at the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth and throat. “Visceral” Leishmaniasis targets the major organs and can be fatal if left untreated.

The Leishmaniasis Disease was first reported as an increasing health problem in Syria in 2013.

(Video below is from 3/30/2013)

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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