UTA: Leprosy of the Andes

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Under the slogan “UTA is not contagious. Give us your support,” a hundred people participating in a citizen parade that aims to raise awareness about cutaneous leishmaniasis.

Are Peruvian. But Bryce Echenique of those who describe their happy childhoods. Here are real men and women of the land, rivers, jungle, all directly or indirectly affected by a disease that each year left 300,000 people with indelible physical and psychological sequelae.
And all for a mosquito. A mosquito from the jungle called Tityrus that has stung before an animal with the parasite in their blood, and have it transferred to humans to chop his blood infected with UTA.

Thus, animals such as rodents, dogs or monkeys become the worst enemies of man who lives and works in the jungle, who is exposed to that after 4 or 5 days when the mosquito bit the animal, go to attacking a human being. At the point of becoming a real threat to more than 200 million people in 24 countries situated between the South of the state of Texas and northern Argentina, Thus, animals such as rodents, dogs or monkeys become the worst enemies of man who lives and works in the jungle, who is exposed to that after 4 or 5 days when the mosquito bit the animal, go to attacking a human being. At the point of becoming a real threat to more than 200 million people in 24 countries situated between the South American state of Texas and northern Argentina, all prone to be infected by this non-contagious infectious disease that can destroy and deform the skin and mucous membranes such as lips and nose. And while self-esteem of the patient, the victim of invidious discrimination from their peers, their bosses, friends or even lovers, those who segregated by fear and ignorance of being infected by the evil that afflicts. And all for harvesting bananas, pineapples or for gold. Wanting to get home with bread and shelter.
But not all is tragedy in Sichuan. Alarmed by the consequences of this misfortune that nature strikes once again working the land, a group of enthusiasts founded the “Association of anti-uta”. In a free and preventive way, ensure support and advice to those suffering from a disease that generally men of working age are living for a second time in their lives.
They have scars. Are profound. They mark the passage of the sandfly and the healing of blisters. These people needed complete pieces of skin, usually on the extremities (exposed to the bites), but unfortunately is the area of the nose, throat and mouth the more painful to bear. Facial deformation is such that practically means a new identity that confront himself and the world.