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Children Without Worms

Infectious Disease: A Preventable Tragedy

William Lin, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Lin, Ph.D.

As a child growing up in the rural outskirts of Hong Kong, "wash your hands" was a frequent -- and wise -- admonition. The simple act of eating a piece of fruit or a chocolate bar with soiled fingers and licking those delicious flavors off already dirty hands may have resulted in a stomachache, or so much worse. I was lucky. Even today, intestinal worms caused by lack of access to water for handwashing affects nearly a quarter of the people on this planet.