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Left: Microfilariae of W. bancrofti in thick blood smear stained with Giemsa. Right: Microfilaria of B. malayi in a thick blood smear, stain...

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Parasitic worm infection may double HIV risk: study BERLIN : People infected with a common parasitic worm may be twice as likely to acquire HIV than people who are not infected with it a new study has claimed. W bancrofti causes most cases of lymphatic filariasis or elephantiasis in sub-Saharan Africa. Lymphatic filariasis currently affects 120 million people (mostly in Asia Africa the western Pacific and parts of the Caribbean and South America) and causes abnormal enlargement of limbs…

from Forbes

Table Salt Can Eliminate This Crippling Disease By 2020

To help Haiti eliminate lymphatic filariasis, a disease that affects nearly half of its population, Cargill teams up with the Reverend Thomas Streit C.S.C. and the University of Notre Dame’s Haiti Program. When Jim Reimer retired, he did not anticipate the important role he and the company would play in helping [...]