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    Living with a rare disease?

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    Leichmaniasis is a disease carried by sand flies. The sand fly bbites you and you many pick up the disease. It is all but unheard of in the United States. It is generally seen in the Mid East and is seen in some of our soldiers returning from Iraq. The classical treatment if a drug called amphotericin which is administered by IV over a number of weeks.

    When I pickup this disease the skin on my arm looked like it had been bitten by a mosquito. 2 different doctors looked at the area and said it was a minor staff infection. A surgeon took a biopsy. The biopsy came back leichmaniasis. The sample was sent to the CDC who spent 6 months trying to determine the variety of Leich. After 6 months there was no conclusion. It could have been picked up in Costa Rica, Panama, China and any number of other countries which I have traveled to.

    The disease is gone I was told unless it comes back. The moral of the story is use bug repellant.

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