The Worms Go In, The Worms Go Out….

Ancient Egyptian texts reference a worm that comes from contaminated drinking water. Its scientific name has the word Dracula in it--for good reason--it lives off human hosts.  It grows to three feet long inside the human body until it finally works its way out--usually poking out of the lower leg. When its ready to emerge from your leg, the site swells to the size of a tennis ball, then a tangle of "fiery serpent" bursts free. To avoid this painful exit, people remove the worm by wrapping it around a stick and slowly pulling it out--inch by inch--which can take weeks.

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© Jill Rubalcaba 2014