Leishmaniasis warning issued in Libya’s Zliten

Leishmaniasis warning issued in Libya’s Zliten

April 10, 2018 - 15:19
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The Director of the Environmental Health Office in Zliten, Mohammed Abu Qamiza, confirmed Monday that the recorded cases of leishmaniasis this year has increased to 51 persons in the city.

In a press statement, Abu Qamiza explained that there is no cure at the current time for the disease in Libya, noting that the cost of treatment for this disease is prohibitively expensive and could amount to 10 thousand Libyan dinars per person.

He called on the Ministry of Health and the National Centre for Communicable Diseases to take the necessary action in order to contain the disease.

Earlier this month, Zliten Municipality warned against the spread of leishmaniasis, declaring that 351 cases were recorded in the city in 2017.

Mayor Miftah Hammadi urged the government health officials in to contract a specialized company to combat the disease ahead of summer.

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease spread to humans by bites of sandflies that are usually active from May to September each year.

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