Reposted with permission from the TAMEST blog, which is run by the Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas. 

 Last century, the invention of the outhouse helped to eliminate hookworm and other parasites in the United States. Now new research shows that the lowly latrine could be a powerful tool in controlling these diseases, which remain widespread among the world's poorest people.

Hookworm affects more than 576 million people across the globe and contributes to an estimated 43 percent reduction in future wage earnings in areas where infected individuals reside.

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