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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………

2 Responses to “Leishmaniasis from Iraq and Afghanistan a Hazard, but not a War Hazard”

  1. Section 201 (b) of the WHCA, 42 USC 1711 (b)defines a “war risk hazard” as a hazard arising during a war in which the United States is engaged; during an armed conflict in which the United States is engaged whether or not war has been declared; or during a war or armed conflict between military forces of any origin, occurring with any country in which a covered individual is serving.
    The Hazard may be from:
    1. The discharge of a missile, including liquids and gas, or the use of any weapon, explosive or other noxious thing by a hostile force or person, or in combating an attack or perceived attack by a hostile force or person;
    2. Action of a hostile force or person, including rebellion or insurrection against the United States or any of its allies:
    3. The discharge or explosion of munitions intended for use in connection with a war or armed conflict with a hostile force or person:
    4. The collision of vessels inconvoyor the operation of vessels or aircraft without running lights or without other customary peacetimes aids to navigation; or
    5. The operation of vessels or aircraaft ina a zone of hostilities or engaged in war activities.
    (42 USC 1711 (b) (1)-(5)

    Finally, not all injuries or deaths which occur in a war zone are compensable under the WHCA.

  2. Bruce Pollard said

    This is very informative information. Are there any benefits for DOD Civilian Contractors returning from Afghanistan with both Visceral and Cutaneous Leishmaniasis?

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