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Infested with jigger flees

Bonifacio Taban
In Uganda’s Bweyale refugees from South Sudan, mainly children, suffer from ‘jigger’ fleas, causing swelling, itching, ulceration and infection.
27.06.2016  |  Bweyale, Uganda
A mother removes jiggers from the fingers of her child, Bweyale, June 2016. (photo: The Niles | Bonifacio Taban)
A mother removes jiggers from the fingers of her child, Bweyale, June 2016. (photo: The Niles | Bonifacio Taban)

Tunga penetrans, also known as jiggers or chigoe fleas, is a parasitic insect found in most tropical and sub-tropical climates. The sand fleas burrow into the skin and lay eggs, causing swelling, itching and infection which can lead to amputation and even death in the worst cases. For The Niles, Bonifacio Taban travelled to Bweyale and filed this video report:

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