Hookworm in Alabama

There is precious little research about hookworm in the US these days, but that doesn’t mean it’s not circulating.
 
Researchers who study the parasites—known to thrive with moist climates and poor sanitation—chiefly focus on Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
 
But in 2017, a fresh spate of research found that more than a third of the people in 1 Alabama county were infected with hookworm.
 
The solution is clear: adequate sanitation. 

Another challenge: The US go-to treatment can cost $500 a pill compared to pennies per patient in Argentina where hookworm is endemic.
 
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