Mapping Tungiasis

In the US, the Chigoe flea, also known as a chigger, is considered a mere nuisance. But elsewhere, this parasitic flea causes an inflammatory skin disease called tungiasis, which can lead to gangrene, amputations and painful lesions.
Kelly Wright, a graduate student in the geographic information science and technology program at the University of Southern California, has created an app cataloguing its prevalence and other medical information. She hopes the app will spur WHO member states to petition to have tungiasis added to the organization’s official list of neglected tropical diseases.
USC News

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