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Leishmaniasis: The Neglected Disease of War, Conflict and Human Misery

Peter J. Hotez

Leishmaniasis: The Neglected Disease of War, Conflict and Human Misery.

One of the least-known consequences of modern conflict in the Middle East and East Africa has been the widespread devastation that results from a tropical infection known as leishmaniasis. Due to forced human migrations that expose people to sand fly bites as they flee conflicts or while living in refugee settings, together with breakdowns in public health infrastructure, leishmaniasis outbreaks have become the new hallmark of late 20th and 21st century wars and human misery.

Read the full article in the Feb. 25, 2014, edition of the Huffington Post.