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(WXIA) -- Trachoma is one of the oldest infectious diseases known to mankind, according to the World Health Organization. The disease affects about 320 million people worldwide.

GALLERY |Brenda Wood follows local group through Ethiopia

Ethiopia has the highest rate of trachoma infections in the world and 11Alive News anchor Brenda Wood traveled to the country with volunteers from the Carter Center, who are trying to put an end to the disease.

Trachoma can lead to blindness, and is caused by the Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. It is often times transmitted when flies feed off of human feces and transfer fecal matter to the region around the eyes.

While in Ethiopia, Brenda will be working on a series of reports that are a part of the series, "Local People Doing Extraordinary Things."

She will follow the volunteers around to different villages while they perform corrective surgeries and provide antibiotics to people affected with trachoma.

Look for more information on this story and other stories of "Local People Doing Extraordinary Things" in October.

Follow Brenda Wood on Twitter for updates on future stories.

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