Cutaneous (skin) leishmaniasis in Baghdad, Iraq

Media sources have reported that there is epidemic spread of cutaneous (skin) leishmaniasis in schools in Baghdad. However, health authorities have denied that there is an epidemic of this infection. They note that the number of reported cases has been in the “normal” range.

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Advice For Travellers

Cutaneous leishmaniasis infection which is transmitted by sandflies and causes skin lesions is endemic in Iraq. Several large outbreaks of the disease were reported in the different governorates of Iraq during 2016 primarily in rural areas and in camps for displaced persons. Travellers can reduce their risk of exposure to leishmaniasis by taking all necessary precautions to avoid sandfly bites.