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Up to half of the aboriginal population in Arnhem Land, Australia, is infected by the Strongyloides parasite. This is one of the highest rates in to world. Sufferers can unknowingly be infected for decades and death can be caused by the resulting pneumonia or meningitis.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The World Today
About: Parasites infect up to half of aboriginal population
Date: 16 June 2004
Source: The World Today
Author: Anne Barker
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