Leishmaniasis: Fun Facts

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 25, 2010

Leishmaniasis is a blood borne parasite in all of it’s forms

It is not known why some forms visceralize and some normally do not

Leishmaniasis can remain dormant in a healthy person for up to twenty years

Leishmaniasis can live in stored blood for up to thirty days

Leishmaniasis is normally transmitted by the bite of an infected female sandfly

Leishmaniasis is also transmittable sexually, congenitally, and by blood transfusion or sharing needles.

There is NO Sterile cure for leishmaniasis

Leishmaniasis has been at epidemic levels in various parts of Afghanistan and Iraq for the duration of the wars

There is a one year ban on blood donations from persons having been to Iraq or Afghanistan

Leishmaniasis is a very variable bug and there is still much we do not know about it

Cutaneous species are showing signs of visceralizing

Do not let anyone tell you this always just goes away on it’s own, one contractor has had this recurring off and on going on ten years

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