Aleppo Boil

In war-torn Syria, outbreaks of diarrhea and cholera have been relatively sparse due to high levels of hygiene education among Syrians, while harder-to-prevent diseases like leishmaniasis—a disfiguring skin infection caused by the sandfly—are on the rise.
An estimated 100,000 cases of leishmaniasis—formerly known as Aleppo boil—affected Syrians in 2014 due to deteriorating conditions favorable to sandflies. But only around 60,000 cases are expected this year thanks to intervention efforts. The numbers are iffy though, and more study is needed to confirm how many people have been infected. Lancet Infectious Diseases reporter Talha Burki [N2] says control and treatment should be scaled up, regardless.
Source: The Lancet Infectious Diseases

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