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Sixty seconds on . . . hookworm

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4423 (Published 26 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4423
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

The parasite that’s endemic in poor countries?

Yes, that’s right, the parasite, thought to affect about 450 million people globally, that is common in countries with poor sanitation. But it’s also been found in one of the richest countries in the world: the United States.

I thought it had been eradicated years ago?

Hookworm infection, historically a big problem in the southern US states, was thought to have been wiped out sometime in the 1950s. However, a community organisation, the …

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