World Moves Closer to Eradicating Guinea Worm Disease

Victim indicating where the worm surfaced on her skin when she was infected with Guinea worm disease. Image taken from abc NEWS.

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS — abc NEWS

A deadly disease causing blindness, Guinea worm, is slowly coming to an end a new report states. Guinea worm disease is characterized by a sometimes meter-long worm which surfaces from a blister. Most reports of the disease come from individuals drinking unfiltered water from contaminated sources. Decades ago, Guinea worm disease killed millions; however, now it is slowly being unreported. This disease can be eliminated by educating individuals about drinking clean water.

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Natan Hekmatjah

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