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Thanks To ISIS, A Flesh-Eating Parasite Is Sweeping Through Syria

DECEMBER 8, 2015  —  By Mike Cahill  
Mike Cahill

Mike Cahill

Mike is ViralNova's resident Editor of the Weird. If it makes you say "OMG! That's terrible!!!" then Mike probably wrote it. Despite the subject of his articles Mike is surprisingly well adjusted. When he's not writing, he's making music, performing, and producing podcasts.

As if Syrians didn't have enough to worry about between a raging civil war, dealing with ISIS, and avoiding bombing campaigns by Western powers, they now have to worry about flesh-eating parasites.

Amidst 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 flies, which there are plenty of in many parts of Syria now thanks to ISIS members dumping bodies in the streets.

Leishmaniasis is spread by flies, which there are plenty of in many parts of Syria now thanks to ISIS members dumping bodies in the streets.

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While the disease is curable, Syria's healthcare system is virtually non-existent after almost five years of constant turmoil.

While the disease is curable, Syria's healthcare system is virtually non-existent after almost five years of constant turmoil.

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The virus is taking many by surprise, and those infected have very few options for treatment.

The virus is taking many by surprise, and those infected have very few options for treatment.

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Leishmaniasis kills between 20 and 50 thousand people every year, mostly in the developing world.

Leishmaniasis kills between 20 and 50 thousand people every year, mostly in the developing world.

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With a lack of doctors and no access to treatment, those suffering from Leishmaniasis in Syria are really struggling.

With a lack of doctors and no access to treatment, those suffering from Leishmaniasis in Syria are really struggling.

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(via Metro)

That is utterly heartbreaking. Maybe instead of dropping bombs, we should be dropping medicine. No one deserves to suffer a slow, painful death like that, especially when the situation is already so dire.