Patient Comments: Leishmaniasis - Cause and Transmission

Question:

If known, what was the cause of your leishmaniasis, or how was it transmitted? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: I live in the Negev, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

I worked in a neglected garden. My legs were always protected with long pants but they received 30 sand fly bites and infected me with leishmaniasis major. It starts with minute little red dots and after 3 months they became suddenly larger and painful when pushed on. Doctors in the city don't recognize it and think it is psoriasis. Local people gave me the right information and a biopsy confirmed it. Please don't make the same mistake I made and wait too long. I have a video of it.

Comment from: NJOC, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 04

I served in Iraq with the Marines in 2004 and again in 2006. In 2006, I most certainly acquired leishmaniasis with the characteristic crusty yellowish sores on arms and legs, resolving in bleached scars. I was never diagnosed nor treated. Ten plus years later, I still have outbreaks of weepy, bloody sores on scalp, shoulders and arms.

Comment from: Michael, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

I spent all of 2003 and 2004 in Iraq and got leishmaniasis. When we first arrived in Tel Afar in 03 there was a massive infestation of field mice near the airfield. Military corps dusted the area to kill them off. Then the sand flea/fly fed off of them transmitting the parasites to the flea. I was the only one out of 35 in my platoon that didn't have to get the 10 day IV treatment. My body fought the disease on its own. Results of that have been heart breaking for me. The parasite carried an anti-body called alpha-gal. Alpha-gal is also a sugar that is found in the protein of red meat therefore my body continues to fight. Which means, yes, I am now allergic to red meat. Medically if you develop this you will be sick to your stomach and not feel good for multiple days sometimes weeks. Although in Iraq I wouldn't have noticed with the dysentery.

Comment from: Army Girl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I contracted it from a sand fly in Iraq in 2004 while serving with the U.S. Army.

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