2. Getting Bit By Sand Flies
A sandfly can bite anyone and thus infect anyone no matter what their age, with the parasite that causes leishmania. Leishmaniasis is more common throughout rural areas than in larger cities. A person who is infected with the parasite may not even realize it. In fact, some people do not develop symptoms of the disease at all.
Other people will develop ulcers on the skin that can eventually lead to ulcers in the mouth, on the lips, and in the nose. When this occurs all sorts of health issues can arise. A person may find it difficult to breathe as the ulcers grow in size. This can become quite dangerous.
If you have been in an area where sand flies are abundant and you have been bitten, it is important to tell your doctor if you develop any symptoms of the disease so that you can be properly tested and treatment can be provided.