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    Over 554 sand fly bite cases reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak
    January 19, 2019
    Fayaz Ahmed

    A skin disease caused by a sand fly has broken out in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak district, reportedly affecting over 554 people in a week.

    As many as 167 cases were reported from Bahadur Khel village while 387 cases were reported from Nari Panoos village in just a day.

    The number of cases was confirmed by the Karak district health officer.

    According to the health department, around 6,000 people have been affected by this skin disease in the last three years. Majority of the patients include women and children...

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    Pakistan- Medical teams reach leishmaniasis outbreak area in Karak
    Date 1/21/2019 2:15:13 PM
    (MENAFN - Tribal News Network) IBRAR KHATTAK

    PESHAWAR: Medical teams reached Banda Daud Shah area of Karak amid the outbreak of leishmaniasis diseases in the district where the local people appreciated the efforts of Talha Foundation in the providing free treatment and medicines to patients.

    Officials said that during the last two days 500 patients have been provided free treatment at the camp set by the district health department and Talha foundation. 'Health authorities are putting in their best efforts to treat the leishmaniasis patients in Karak,' said KP Director General Health Services Dr Arshid Ali...

    ...Though some cases are reported from Nowshera, Mardan, and Peshawar, however, Karak district is worst affected. Some 250 cases were reported from Union Council Narai and 460 cases from Latambar area and 700 cases are reported from Banda Daud Shah Area. The health officials said that most of the cases of the disease reported in hilly areas of district Karak where the climate is dry...


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      In K-P, impact of scarring disease cuts deep
      By Wisal Yousafzai
      Published: February 2, 2019

      Hazrat Khan is frustrated after leaving Naseerullah Babar Hospital in Peshawar. Holding his three-year-old grandson, the 55-year-old Hazrat travelled from his hometown in Mohmand Agency to get the boy checked. “I brought my grandson from Mohmand Agency for his leishmaniasis treatment, but the doctor said they have no medication that could help him.”

      A leishmaniasis disease outbreak has occurred in various regions of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and ex-FATA areas, including Peshawar, Karak, Mohmand, and Landi Kotal, where new cases have been reported almost every day...


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        Leishmaniasis: A skin disease with no vaccine is on the rise in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
        February 6, 2019
        Bushra Bibi and Muhammad Sajjad Haider

        A skin disease caused by a sand fly is on the rise in parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

        Leishmaniasis, the scientific name of the disease, is caused by parasites of the Leishmania type and spread by the bite of certain types of sand flies.

        At least 21,000 people have reportedly fallen prey to the disease in the province in just a span of a year.

        Doctors Without Borders calls leishmaniasis one of the most dangerous and neglected tropical diseases, according to the HealthLine website.

        It is caused by the Leishmania parasite that typically lives in infected sand flies. The infected sand flies are usually found in tropical and subtropical environments. Parts of Asia, East Africa, and South America have witnessed the outbreaks of this disease in the past.

        Among seven tribal areas, Khyber is the most affected district, where 9,378 cases have been reported so far. Mohmand is the second high alert area where 5,373 cases have been reported. North Waziristan and South Waziristan are also affected with 443 and 354 patients of this skin disease. As many as 225 people were tested positive in Kurram and 163 and Orakzai.

        Similarly, many patients in 10 other districts are also suffering from Leishmaniasis...


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          The Express Tribune
          Leishmaniasis outbreak in South Waziristan forces people to relocate
          By Our Correspondent
          Published: April 8, 2019

          After previously ravishing hundreds of people in Mohmand, a leishmaniasis outbreak has been reported in South Waziristan with hundreds of patients registered at the district headquarters hospital (DHQ) while others have sought treatment at the Bannu District Headquarters Hospital.

          Afraid of any adverse health impacts of the parasitic infection caused by the bite of infected sandflies, many residents have opted to shift to other parts of the tribal belt to ‘escape’ the disease.

          Locals say that dozens of residents from the worst affected areas of South Waziristan including Kotkai, Badar, Makeen, Kanigurm, Shawal and Sara Rugha have relocated to Bannu or even to the provincial capital of Peshawar....