Neglected sewage systems are a public health risk for low-income communities

Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 20:22 in Health & Medicine

A microscopic image of a hookworm egg that can cause intestinal problems in humans. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images This article originally published on The Conversation. Intestinal infections take a heavy toll on impoverished Black communities that have out-of-date sewage systems. These infections often spread through contaminated soil and water and are among the most common diseases worldwide. Approximately one-quarter of the global population is infected with soil-transmitted helminths, intestinal parasitic worms that can cause serious health problems. Additionally, up to 50% of people around the world are infected with Helicobacter pylori, bacteria that live in the stomach and can cause ulcers and cancer. I am a biological anthropologist, and it is clear to me that these two types of infections contribute to systemic health inequities, especially among communities of color in which limited access to medical...

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