4,946 cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Morocco in 2016
More than 800 cases of cutaneous leishmaniasis are registered and administered since the launch of diagnostic campaigns last October in the various health centres and institutions under the Ministry of public health. 4,946 cases in total were registered in 2016.
Leishmaniasis is a parasitic infection of the skin (cutaneous leishmaniasis), skin and mucous membranes (Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis) or internal organs (visceral leishmaniasis) caused by Leishmania parasites. They are transferred by small, furry flies (sand flies).
After malaria is leishmaniasis the deadliest parasitic disease in the world. An estimated 12 million people worldwide suffering to any form of leishmaniasis.
Cutaneous leishmaniasis is not fatal, usually heals naturally in 1 month to 1 year, but can cause or substantial damage. Mucocutaneous and visceral Leishmaniasis can be deadly. If you are not treated in time, die within 6 months to 2 years.