Damascus: ISIS is responsible for spreading a flesh eating bug across Syria according to the Kurdish Red Crescent. Human rights workers have said that more than 500 cases of Leishmaniasis disease have been reported in Syria over the past 12 months, reported The Daily Mail.
Dilqash Isa of the Kurdish Red Crescent, said: ‘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.’
The US State Department accused ISIS of spreading the ‘flesh-eating disease’ on Twitter. The World Health Organsiation has complained that the country’s health service has collapsed as a result of the bitter civil war.
A Syrian Kurdish fighter claimed: ‘We did not have knowledge about this deadly disease before. We have been fighting on the battlefield for almost four years and this disease basically generated from embattled areas of Tal Hamis, Hon and Qosa.’
The US State Department tweeted a link to the original story carried on Rudaw.net. The World Health Organisation has warned that the civil war in Syria is having a dramatic impact on the health of the nation with the collapse of medical services.
According to the World Health Organisation, there are three main forms of the disease and are spread by more than 20 parasites.
Cutaneous Leishmaniasis: This 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: This 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: This is the most destructive form of the disease, eating away at the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth and throat.