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Human waste (sometimes referred to as raw sewage) is becoming an increasing problem for people, animals, and the environment. Untreated human waste, as it runs off into streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans, is causing significant problems for humans and marine life. People are negatively affected by human waste because it contributes to illness and disease. Raw sewage is a significant factor in the sickening of over one million people annually. The bacteria, viruses, and parasites common in human waste can lead to diseases such as hepatitis (a liver disease), meningitis (an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord), and cholera (an acute intestinal infection). It is estimated that each year approximately 900 people die from contamination of this kind. Exposure to ...

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