Leishmaniasis from Iraq and Afghanistan a Hazard, but not a War Hazard
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on May 22, 2010
There will be no “Defense of Freedom Medal” for being infected with the Leishmaniasis parasite.
Leishmaniasis is a one celled parasite normally contracted via the bite of a female sandfly.
These sandflys and the parasite they carry are endemic to many countries in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Locals and visitors to these endemic areas are always at risk of contracting Leishmaniasis if precautions are not taken to keep from being bitten.
Leishmaniasis is no more a War Hazard than Malaria or any of the regular work place accidents that occur while working overseas yet are not reimbursable under the War Hazards Act.
So unless the female sandflys have taken up arms and joined Al Qaeda and the Taliban, which would require a complete reversal regarding their views on women…..
The War Hazards Tribunal up in Ohio needs to beware the DBA Insurance Company attempts to paint them as insurgents.
This is the first in our series of reports on Leishmaniasis which most of you who worked in the War Zones were exposed to.
Statistically, it is likely that many of you carry this parasite unawares………