At first I thought this story was one of those far-fetched tales in WorldNetDaily or a parody from The Onion. But it’s real.
There’s a disease called leishmaniasis which is endemic to the Levant, meaning Israel, Jordan, Syria, Iraq. It just so happens that ISIS inhabits the same area as this serious skin disease, which is spread by sand flies.
I kid you not. If you believe in a merciful and just God of Abraham, His judgment may be falling on ISIS. From the Jerusalem Post:
Islamic State fighters are being attacked by a debilitating skin disease called leishmaniasis.
The disease, which is spread by sandflies, is quickly spreading thanks to pollution and poor hygiene conditions and there have been more than 100,000 cases reported, British media outlets reported earlier this week.
The jihadi fighters are refusing medical treatment which has led to more outbreaks, according to the reports.
Medical centers have closed since medical staff have fled the violence making the spread of the disease more acute, according to the reports.
Dubbed “Rose of Jericho,” the disease is caused by protozoan parasites that belong to the genus Leishmania and is transmitted by the bite of female sand fly that bite infected rodents called rock hyraxes.
Cutaneous leishmaniasis is the most common form of leishmaniasis, while visceral leishmaniasis is a severe form in which the parasites have migrated to the vital organs. The infection appears as red sores (hence its nickname) on the skin a few weeks or months after being bitten by the sand fly that erupt weeks to months after the person affected is bitten by sand flies. The infection can also damage the liver and spleen and cause anemia. The sores can cause permanent, ugly scars if untreated.
There’s a really simple way to avoid this disease. Stop cavorting with those little rat-like hyraxes. But if you’re ISIS, and you live like you’re in the 9th century, you get 9th century diseases. Some other helpful hygiene tips: wash your hands, wash your clothes, and use sand fly repellant.
If left alone, ISIS fighters might resemble one giant leper colony. That would be just fine with me.
P.S. Maybe there’s a way to import those disease-ridden hyraxes to, say, Iran? Specifically, the underground caverns (such as Fordow) where they’ve got thousands of centrifuges set up. Call me a dreamer.