Flesh-eating tropical bug sweeps through the Middle East after thriving in ISIS-strongholds

A FLESH-EATING tropical disease is sweeping through the Middle East and may yet end up in Europe, after ISIS’ civil war helped to create the perfect breeding grounds for infected vectors.

Cutaneous is a parasitic disease caused by bites from infected sand flies, which are thriving in the squalid conditions created by the war in the Middle East.

The disease can eventually lead to severe scarring, and is spreading rapidly as displaced people and refugees flee the ISIS strongholds where the disease is thriving.

Those infected suffer from open sores on the skin, nose bleeds and difficulties breathing and swallowing, with more serious strains of the leading to death, if left unchecked.

In its most deadly form, leishmaniasis can be a destructive and debilitating condition, which eats away at the mucous membranes of the nose, mouth and throat.

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Eric Write head editor and chief at The Pluto Daily