Sagan Friant’s latest research discovery in Nigeria was no fluke. Except that it was.
While studying a population of red-capped mangabeys in the rainforest, Friant discovered a lung fluke, a small parasitic worm, in the monkeys. She learned that the lung fluke, which can cause serious illness in both monkeys and people, comes from eating infected crabs. Friant hopes to use this information to deter its spread in both primate and human populations.