Latest on Guinea Worm Eradication:
The program has made great strides from 3.5 million cases annually in the mid-1980s to 542 cases in 2012. In 2013, progress toward global Guinea worm disease eradication has accelerated. During January–June 2013, only 89 cases were reported worldwide, a 77% reduction in cases from the same period in 2012. Global eradication is within reach.
Guinea worm disease, considered a Neglected Tropical Disease, is caused by the parasite Dracunculus medinensis. The disease affects poor communities in remote parts of Africa that do not have safe water to drink. There is no drug treatment for Guinea worm disease nor a vaccine to prevent it.
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