WHO: Afghanistan soon breaks out an unprecedented epidemic of a tropical disease
World Health Organization issued a troubling statement: soon in Afghanistan might break an unprecedented epidemic of leishmaniasis. In total, may be affected up to 13 million people. These data were presented in a unique comprehensive report on tropical diseases, according to ITAR-TASS.
Leishmaniasis – a group of diseases transmitted by the bite of a mosquito. Physicians know two main forms of the disease – visceral leishmaniasis (cell damage occurs to various internal organs) and cutaneous leishmaniasis (loss of subcutaneous tissue).
On information provided by WHO, in only one of the new Kabul officially registered in the past year increased from 17,000 to 65,000. About uncommitted cases, the experts do not know, but their presence is not denied. The main victims of disease are women and girls. According to the WHO Representative in Afghanistan Peter Graf, hundreds of cases are not diagnosed in view of poor medical care.
So, it takes a long time before the seemingly banal mosquito bite causes blisters and sores on the skin. Ensure accurate diagnosis of biochemical and molecular techniques that are not available to ordinary residents. The situation is compounded by the lack of effective medical treatment for an advanced form of leishmaniasis.