Experts say that Leishmaniasis disease is being spread across the country “as a result of abominable acts by ISIS that included the killing of innocent people and dumping their corpses in streets”.
Kurdish Red Crescent released images of Syrian people suffering from a flesh eating bug claiming that ISIS militants are responsible for spreading this bug.
Known as Leishmaniasis disease, there have been 500 reported cases in Syria over the last year, Mirror reports.
Dilqash Isa, who works for 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.
Also among those who have warned about health issues in Syria is The World Health Organisation (WHO).It claims that there are 13 million Syrians in need of humanitarian aid.
A statement read: “Despite our best efforts, health needs are escalating, and more than four years of crisis is causing the Syrian health system to deteriorate.
Leishmaniasis, commonly known as kala-azar, refers to a parasitic disease, which is easily spread with the bite of the sandfly.
Cutaneous leishmaniasis and systemic (or visceral) leishmaniasis are two different forms of leishmaniasis; the former affecting the skin and mucus membranes while the latter affecting the entire body.
Symptoms of cutaneous leishmaniasis include skin sores converting into a skin ulcer which heals very slowly, ulcers in the mouth, gums, tongue, lips, nose and inner nose, stuffy and runny nose, and difficulty in breathing and swallowing.
Symptoms of systemic visceral leishmaniasis (mostly affecting children) include discomfort in abdominal, cough, diarrhea, long fevers, night sweats, thinning hair, vomiting, weight loss and scaly, gray skin.