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According to the Carter Center, "in terms of socioeconomic and public health impact, schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia or snail fever, is second only to malaria as the most devastating parasitic disease in tropical countries." 207 million people worldwide are infected with Schistosomiasis. Thankfully, it is also one of the most avoidable diseases for travelers. [...]

terrifying small organisms and parasites

There are many illnesses that a traveler can encounter while on the road. Most people are familiar with malaria, hepatitis, and yellow fever, a vaccination for which is required to travel in many countries. Lesser known are some truly terrifying (and disgusting) organisms that give travel health disaster a whole new meaning. You are unlikely [...]

guinea worm parasite

Guinea Worm is a parasitic worm that is currently only found in 3 countries. Here are a few reasons why Guinea Worm is terrifying: 1. There is no treatment for it. 2. It is a worm that grows to three feet inside your body. 3. You don't know you have it until approximately one year [...]