Born in Czechoslovakia, I experienced the realities of life very early. My family and I cheated death many times, from being bombed during World War II to dodging snipers in South East Asia.
To escape from communist treachery my family and I crossed borders through muddy fields, barbed wire, and armed guards.
At the age of nine I arrived in New York City. Two weeks in a new country I was immersed in the NYC school system, the best thing that could have happened to me.
I learned English quickly without forgetting Czech or German.
I immediately picked the political party that I would support, the Republican Party. That’s right; I knew where I belonged even at the age of nine.
I was a musician with my own band, worked with various promotional groups, started an out sourcing business for assembly of small manufacturing items, a computer company marketing hardware and software.
I served in South East Asia in Military Intelligence, held several positions in various fraternal organizations, worked on the U. S. Bicentennial Celebration, and now doing my best to strengthen the Republican Party.
Officials in Lebanon and Turkey have confirmed that a painful disease is being spread across the Middle East by Syrian refugees. Leishmaniasis, which is caused by parasites in the bites of sandflies, comes in three forms: cutaneous, mucocutaneous and visceral. Each has varying symptoms and levels of severity, but all result in painful, skin-decaying ulcers that have led some to brand it a “flesh-eating” disease. Complicating matters is the fact that symptoms don’t immediately appear after a bite; sometimes it can take days or even weeks for patients to develop nodules that eventually start eating away at their skin.
Dr. Jane Orient, one of the senior directors at the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), warns that Syrian refugees are spreading the disease to countries that aren’t prepared to deal with it. This includes the U.S. and several locations in the Middle East where leishmaniasis rates are rising with the influx of poverty-stricken people without access to proper medical care. Prior to 2008, Lebanon had no recorded cases of leishmaniasis at all; by 2012, those rates had skyrocketed, and 96.6 percent of sufferers were Syrian refugees. A study of leishmaniasis patients in Turkey found that 69 percent were Syrian refugees.
Officials have yet to give word about if and how the spread of this disease will affect foreign policy. In the meantime, doctors overseas continue to work on the prevention and treatment of leishmaniasis, and they stress that education is often the biggest factor in stopping its rampage.