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Disfiguring tropical bug spread across Syria after ISIS turn the streets into a filthy wasteland is now eating its way across the Middle East as millions flee terror
Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a disease spread by bites from sand flies
Can lead to severe scarring and regularly goes undiagnosed and untreated
The disease had been contained to Syria, particularly ISIS-held regions
But it has now spread as millions have fled to neighbouring countries
This map shows how the disease has spread out of Syria into countries such as Jordan, Iraq and Turkey
Between 2000 and 2012, there were only six reported cases of the disease in Lebanon.
But in 2013 alone there were 1,033 cases reported, of which 96 per cent occurred among the displaced Syrian refugees, according to the Lebanese Ministry of Health.
Turkey, Jordan, Easter Libya and Yemen have also reported hundreds of cases.
With Yeminis migrating to Saudi Arabia, the fear is the disease might spread there too.
There could even be refugees with the disease who have reached Europe.
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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. Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk... ola.html#ixzz4A1SvT4g0 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook