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Watch BBC Bodysnatchers online: Episode 2 Human Cost

Parasites dominate humans. They feed in us, reproduce in us and use us to raise their young. With a continual battle being played out between parasites and their human hosts, BodySnatchers takes a closer look at the human cost of what these invaders bring and reveals that, contrary to popular belief, not all parasites are as are bad as people think. Those that are, though, include the flesh-eating parasite which unlucky Jenny Anderson caught on her foot while on holiday. Informed that she risked facial disfigurement unless treated, Jenny had to spend weeks including much of her 21st birthday stuck in a hospital. Meanwhile in the USA, Jonathon Bardon was struck down by something far more unforgiving. He had somehow fallen prey to malaria. The disease transmitted by mosquitoes caused by a parasitic protozoan, which it was thought to have been eradicated from most of the developed world. Worryingly however, Jonathan had never left the country.

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