from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Bolivian name for a skin-disease, said to be a lupus, peculiar to the lower eastern valleys and lowlands of western South America. It is not contagious, but may become mortal through neglect and excesses. Many attribute it to the sting of an insect.
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And a third Leishmania parasite, Leishmania brasiliensis, causes espundia, in which the parasite chews away at the soft tissue of the head until its victim is faceless.
Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis (MCL), or espundia, produces lesions which can lead to extensive and disfiguring destruction of mucous membranes of the nose, mouth and throat cavities.
In the New World, cutaneous and mucocutaneous forms of the disease exist, again known by various local names: espundia in the Amazon region, papalomoyo in Central America and pian bois in the Guyanas.
Other forms affect mainly the skin (cutaneous leishmaniasis, tropical sore, Delhi boil, espundia, forest yaws, uta, chiclero ulcer).
Costin contracted espundia, an illness with even more frightening symptoms.