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Corpses In The Streets Of Syria Are Spreading A Flesh-Eating Illness

ISIS is responsible for the flesh-eating bacteria known as Leishmaniasis, which can be deadly and leaves victims with disfiguring scars.

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Victims of ISIS, whose corpses have been left to decompose in the war-ravaged streets of Syria, are being consumed by a flesh-eating bug known as Leishmaniasis. The concerning disease is beginning to spread more rapidly across the country. 

According to human workers from the Kurdish Red Crescent, more than 500 cases of Leishmaniasis disease have been reported in Syria in the past 12 months. The disease is spread by a particular species of a parasite-carrying sandfly, reports Natural Society.

Phlebotomine sand flies, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are just 1/3 of the size of a mosquito and spread the potentially deadly bacteria. Besides causing large, open wounds, Leishmaniasis can also affect internal organs, such as the liver, spleen, and bone marrow.

There are three forms of the disease: Visceral Leishmaniasis, Mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous Leishmaniasis.

Cutaneous Leishmaniasis is the most common form of the disease and causes ulcers on exposed parts of the body. It can also lead to disfigurement, permanent scarring, stigma and disability.  

Visceral Leishmaniasis is the most severe form of the disease and can be fatal if left untreated. The disease targets the major organs and causes irregular bouts of fever, weight loss as well as enlargement of the liver and spleen.

Mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis is the most deadly form, as it eats away at the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth and throat.

Here’s where karma kicks in, however. The disease has begun to strike ISIS fighters (who are responsible for the spread of the illness in the first place). Reportedly, large numbers of the terrorists have contracted the disease and are exhibiting the usual symptoms that can kill if left untreated, reports the Daily Mail. 

Refusing medical treatment for the flesh-eating bug, they are actually contributing to the acceleration of the disease – and their own demise. 

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Said Dilquash Isa of Red Crescent:

“As a result of abominable acts by ISIS that included the killing of innocent people and dumping their corpses in streets, this is the leading factor behind the rapid spread of Leishmaniasis disease. “

It wasn’t until DAESH began dumping bodies in the streets of Syria that the disease showed up. Tal Hamis, Hon, and Qosa are the sources of the bug, says another Kurd deployed in the country.

Malnourished children are especially susceptible to the infection because of their weakened immune systems, and few families can afford medical attention.

The scourge known as ISIS is responsible for an awful lot of suffering, and this disease just adds to the list. While the Voice of America reported on the spread of the bacteria in 2013, it is flourishing at unexpected pace.

The first case was reported in September of 2013, but by summer of 2014, over 500 people had been infected. By October of that year, the CDC reported an outbreak of Leishmaniasis among refugees in Lebanon. It has since spread to ISIS-occupied Syrian cities, as well as to Syrian Army forces battling in Palmyra.

With any luck, the disease will wipe out the terrorist organization. 

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