Hookworm

Hookworm infections result from the ingestion or skin penetration of the hookworm larvae (Ancylostoma duodenale or Necator americanus), which are found in soil. According to the CDC, the larvae develop in soil through the deposit of feces containing eggs from infected persons. The ingested larva is carried in the bloodstream from the lungs to the … Continue reading Hookworm

Trachoma

Trachoma is one of the world's leading causes of preventable blindness, having affected an estimated 6 million people. According to Unilever, trachoma usually occurs in childhood, with children showing prevalence rates of 60-90%. The disease takes years to progress as repeated infections cause scarring on the inside of the eyelid. The scarring eventually causes the … Continue reading Trachoma

Cholera

Cholera is a diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacteria Vibrio cholerae. According to the CDC, an estimated 3-5 million cases and over 100,000 deaths occur each year around the world. The disease is often mild or without symptoms, but also has the potential to be severe. In severe cases the infected person … Continue reading Cholera