'Tree man Illness' - Girl has developed 'roots' on her cheeks and chin
A 10-year-old girl in Bangladesh suffers from epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV) - also known as the 'tree man illness'. EV is a rare and inherited skin disorder which creates wart-like lesions anywhere on the body. The condition is caused by infection with HPV and in order to inherit the disease two abnormal EV genes, one from each parent, must be present. No serious treatment against EV has been found, yet several treatments have been suggested.
The girl's story comes just two weeks after a Bangladeshi man suffering from the same condition was treated.