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Dallas County is included in a new public health program to reduce infections caused by improper sewage disposal.

Dr. Claudette Poole, a specialist in pediatrics and infectious diseases at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, said many homes in Lowndes, Perry, Wilcox and Dallas counties have improperly functioning septic systems or no septic system at all. Those homes are dumping raw sewage into the environment.

“If you are discharging raw sewage into the environment, you are setting people up for all sorts of infections, hookworm being one of them,” Poole said. Roundworm and a host of other parasites and bacterial infections are also caused by inadequate sewage disposal, she said.

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