Jiggers Disease Kills at Least 20 in Uganda


Jiggers, small insects that look like fleas, are the culprits behind a disease that has killed at least 20 Ugandans and sickened more than 20,000 in just two months. Jiggers often enter through a person's feet and, once inside the body, they suck blood, grow and multiply until affected body parts, like eyelids and lips, rot away. One word: Eww.

The people who are most affected by these insects are children, feeble people with other illnesses, and the elderly. Jiggers thrive in poor hygienic conditions. Twelve districts in Uganda have already been affected.

Uganda's government will be spending 1 million US dollars to fight the epidemic. Treatment involves removal of the insect or topical medication.



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