It wasn’t that long ago that the biggest concern over the flood of Middle Eastern refugees into the country was that they could contain Trojan horse ISIS extremists who would carry out acts of terrorism against Americans. Now in another example of the law of unforeseen consequences, Cutaneous leishmaniasis which is a flesh eating virus has increasingly been popping up in refugee camps. With the recent outbreaks of the Zika virus as well as the scary discovery of the first case of an antibiotic resistant superbug in Pennsylvania it’s not exactly a reach to see Cutaneous leishmaniasis become an import too.
The U.K. Independent reports “Cutaneous leishmaniasis: Disfiguring tropical disease sweeps across Middle East”:
A disfiguring tropical disease is sweeping across the Middle East as a combination of heavy conflict and a breakdown of health care facilities in Isis-occupied areas leaves swathes of people vulnerable to the illness.
Cutaneous leishmaniasis is caused by a parasite in the blood stream transmitted through sand fly bites. The disease can result in horrible open sores as well as disfiguring skin lesions, nodules or papules.
Leishmaniasis has been endemic in Syria for centuries and was once commonly known as the “Aleppo evil”. However, as Syria’s civil war continues the resulting refugee crisis has triggered a catastrophic outbreak of the disease.
Research published on Thursday in the scientific journal PLOS has found the disease is now affecting hundreds of thousands of people living in refugee camps or trapped in conflict zones. A similar situation may also be unfolding in eastern Libya and Yemen.
“We’re seeing lots of diseases, including leishmaniasis in these conflict zones and we need to ring-fence them or risk another situation like Ebola out of the conflict zones in West Africa in 2014,” Peter Hotez, dean of the US National School of Tropical Medicine, US Science Envoy to the Middle East, and lead author of the PLOS research told the Digital Journal.
While the bleeding heart types and political correctness infatuated nincompoops wail about restrictions on Syrian refugees being resettled in the U.S. it would be wise to consider the ramifications of new and dangerous diseases tagging along. Emperor Obama rolled the dice on exposing the public to an Ebola pandemic two years ago and won but the insistence on forcing Americans to accept veritable boatloads of refugees who could be terrorists or infectious disease carriers upon Americans.