Jigger's in Kenya
Photo and caption by Micah Albert
Kenya gears up for World’s first anti-jigger drug. The ‘disease’ is reportedly common across East Africa , In 2010 it killed at least 20 Ugandans and sickened more than 20,000 in just two months. It is caused by the small sand flea called jiggers. The jiggers usually create a small, inflammatory papule with a central black dot. Within the next few weeks, the papule slowly enlarges into a white, pea-sized nodule with well-defined borders. This lesion can range from asymptomatic to pruritic to extremely painful.
Location: Eten, Kenya