Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ed Pilkington - Hookworm, a disease of extreme poverty, is thriving in the US south. Why?

Children playing feet away from open pools of raw sewage; drinking water pumped beside cracked pipes of untreated waste; human faeces flushed back into kitchen sinks and bathtubs whenever the rains come; people testing positive for hookworm, an intestinal parasite that thrives on extreme poverty.
These are the findings of a new study into endemic tropical diseases, not in places usually associated with them in the developing world of sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, but in a corner of the richest nation on earth: Alabama.
An eight-year-old child was sitting on the stoop of one of the trailers. Below him a white pipe ran from his house, across the yard just a few feet away from a basketball hoop, and into a copse of pine and sweet gum trees.
The pipe was cracked in several places and stopped just inside the copse, barely 30ft from the house, dripping ooze into a viscous pool the color of oil. Directly above the sewage pool, a separate narrow-gauge pipe ran up to the house, which turned out to be the main channel carrying drinking water to the residents.
The open sewer was festooned with mosquitoes, and a long cordon of ants could be seen trailing along the waste pipe from the house. At the end of the pool nearest the house the treacly fluid was glistening in the dappled sunlight – a closer look revealed that it was actually moving, its human effluence heaving and churning with thousands of worms. 
The Guardian

                      Brutal poverty in the US South is caused by globalization 

Celebrated writer Paul Theroux has experienced a wide variety of the best and worst around the world, but his eye opening experience in America’s Deep South has garnered a lot of criticism, as he compares the region to Third World countries in South America and Africa. He explains his latest work and what has caused the economic decline to Alexey Yaroshevsky.


Matt Franko said...


Well it’s not because the STEM trained epidemiologists think we are “out of pathogens!” ....

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