Painful Cure

An outbreak of the rare flesh-eating disease cutaneous leishmaniasis is ravaging a community of about 300 impoverished cave dwellers in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Some say the cure—a regimen of excruciating injections—is almost as bad as the disease.
 
Spread by blood-sucking sandflies, cutaneous leishmaniasis gnaws through skin and leads to insufferable itching and disfigurement. International organizations are helping Kenya’s medical community improve testing and treatment methods, especially when it comes to the notoriously painful injections. Physicians have tried to numb the pain using lidocaine and ice, but they say more should be done to keep patients from skipping treatment.
 
Source: The Huffington Post

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