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Ventorina Aculu of northern Uganda sits next to her adult son, Omac Alfred, who has a rare neurological disease known as nodding syndrome. Pat Robert Larubi/Undark hide caption

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Mulikat Okanlawon of Nigeria contracted noma when she was a child. The gangrenous infection ate away at the flesh and bone in her face. She survived and has had surgery to repair scars left by the disease. Today she works at the Sokoto Noma Hospital, guiding noma patients on the road to recovery. Claire Jeantet and Fabrice Caterini / Inediz hide caption

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An employee of GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals holds bottles of albendazole, an anti-hookworm medication. Kuni Takahashi/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The blood-sucking conenose assassin bug (Triatoma sanguisuga) is also called a "kissing bug" because of its tendency to bite human faces. It feeds on human blood and is the vector of the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease. Ray Coleman/Science Source hide caption

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