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Leishmaniasis returns to South Libya amid lack of response capabilities

Laboratory analysis and clinical diagnosis showed that a number of suspected cases of leishmaniasis were infected in the Ashkeda Al-Shati area, in addition to the presence of the carrier and storage that caused the disease in the mentioned area.

In the details, a team from the Libyan Center for Studies and Research of Environmental Science and Technology, in cooperation with the Department of Common Diseases at the National Center for Disease Control in Tripoli, and the Monitoring, Investigation and Rapid Response Team, on the coast, on the 21st of October, examined some suspected cases and took a sample from them, in addition to placing traps for disease-carrying sand flies and for disease-carrying rodents, which were in swamps, ponds, animal pens and inside the homes of diseased cases, where the results showed that they were infected with leishmaniasis.

The center, which did not indicate the number of infected cases, added that the withdrawn samples were examined inside the reference laboratory at the National Center for Disease Control in Tripoli, due to the lack of equipment needed to detect the disease in the area.

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease transmitted by the bite of the sandfly, which is a very small insect whose size does not exceed one-third the size of an ordinary mosquito.

It is worth noting that Libya had previously suffered from this disease, as it appeared in the year 2019 in the city of Tawergha, while it appeared in the year 2020 in the city of Bani Walid.

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