disease caused by a parasitic worm which enters the human body by penetrating the skin while swimming/bathing/working in infected waters. Mostly found in tropical areas of Africa, Asia and South America. Causes particular problems for the liver and kidneys by mass production of eggs. Leads to anemia and lethargy but not usually directly fatal. At least 200 million infected and a further billion under threat.

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