ISIS Caliphate Struggling with Flesh-Eating Microbe Epidemic
The self-declared Islamic State capital is currently in the throes of an epidemic and a number of members of the Islamic State have reportedly been infected.
Efforts are reportedly being made to prevent the further spread of the Leishmaniasis skin disease, which is highly virulent, in the IS stronghold.
Although organisations began work to combat the disease, this became impossible after IS is claimed to have closed down their city offices.
They also confiscated equipment and arrested officers trying to help fight the condition which can be deadly.
The first case of the disease, which is caused by protozoan parasites, was discovered in September 2013.
Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently says 2,500 people have been inflicted by the flesh-eating disease.
The disease is spread by flies that are attracted by the rubble and rubbish of war.
It can sometimes be fatal and can also cause significant damage to parts of the body it affects.
More than 2,500 cases have been recored in the north-east of Raqqa.
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