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This article is part HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to eliminate them.

More than 1 billion people on the planet suffer from illnesses that the world pays little attention to.

Neglected tropical diseases are a group of at least 18 diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty in tropical regions of the world and are virtually unknown elsewhere, according to the World Health Organization.

These are diseases like river blindness, which has infected 18 million people worldwide and caused blindness in 270,000 people; or elephantiasis, a leading cause of disability worldwide, which affects over 120 million people and can cause severe swelling of the body parts, usually the legs or the scrotum.

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Photo of sushi, a dish that includes raw fish. Foodborne trematodiases are caused by worms, which people get by eating raw fish, shellfish or vegetables with larvae.

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Click link below for article, list of diseases and slideshow:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/neglected-tropical-diseases_us_583dd906e4b0860d6116c06a

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