LEISHMANIASIS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA: THE STORY OF THE EMERGENCE OF AN IMPORTED INFECTION IN A NON-ENDEMIC AREA OF THE WORLD
Leishmaniasis is a recognized medical condition which, although uncommon, results in early patient mortality. It is however fortunate that such condition is treatable if detected early. Although this condition is mainly found in many Middle Eastern countries, other parts of the world may still be affected largely due to large population migration and ease of travel made possible by modern transportations. It is therefore of paramount importance that such a condition be recognized by health providers because early detection may help to prevent early fatality. In this article, a brief summary of leishmaniasis in Southeast Asia is discussed and how at one time, this condition which was thought to be irrelevant to this part of the world may again emerge as a common medical condition. The article aims to make the readers aware of the existence of this disease and that this disease should be considered as a probable diagnosis since its early identification can lead to better cure rates.
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