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Fighting Hookworm In Alabama: Easier And Harder Than In Low Resource Countries : Goats and Soda – NPR

The wriggling parasites are a scourge around the world. And in some ways, other countries are better at fighting them than the U.S. But a new effort in the rural…



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Adult hookworms, from a dog. The larva, which penetrate the skin, are even smaller.
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This story definitely has a yuck factor.
It’s about hookworms.
When hookworm eggs land on moist, warm ground, via human feces, they develop into larvae, raise their tiny selves upward, and wave back and forth, looking for bare feet to latch onto. The parasites penetrate the skin, enter the bloodstream, and eventually migrate to the small intestine where they settle in, mature and…

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