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UGANDA-HEALTH/WIDERIMAGE
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August 26, 2015
Yusuf Kagwa, 45, who suffered severe jigger infestation, poses for a picture to show the jigger scars...
Jinja, Uganda
Wider Image: Fighting the Jigger Parasite
Yusuf Kagwa, 45, who suffered severe jigger infestation, poses for a picture to show the jigger scars in his feet at his home in Buyende district, eastern Uganda August 5, 2015 after being discharged from the Sole Hope medical centre. Left untreated, jigger parasites can lead to secondary infections that can be fatal. The problem of jiggers, female sand fleas that burrow their way under skin, is widespread in the eastern, northern and northeastern parts of Uganda. NGO Sole Hope works with local and international volunteers to treat sufferers, removing the parasites either with safety pins or razor blades. Kagwa, a farmer, was infested and had the parasite all over his body. Volunteers counted 2,555 parasite burrow marks before he received treatment. REUTERS/James Akena TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY PICTURE 1 OF 22 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "FIGHTING THE JIGGER PARASITE". SEARCH "JIGGER AKENA" FOR ALL IMAGES TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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