Guinea worm

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Guinea worm:

see wormworm,
common name for various unrelated invertebrate animals with soft, often long and slender bodies. Members of the phylum Platyhelminthes, or the flatworms, are the most primitive; they are generally small and flat-bodied and include the free-living planarians (of the class
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Guinea Worm


(Dracunculus medinensis), a parasitic roundworm of the family Dracunculidae. The guinea worm causes the human disease dracunculosis. The mature female reaches a length of 120 cm, and the mature male about 4 cm. The guinea worm is distributed in the tropics and subtropics. In the USSR it was widespread in Middle Asia (Staraia Bukhara) until the 1930’s; the worm has been completely eliminated.

guinea worm

[′gin·ē ‚wərm]
(invertebrate zoology)
Dracunculus medinensis. A parasitic nematode that infects the subcutaneous tissues of humans and other mammals.
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New commitments from partners will close the funding gap to eradicate Guinea worm disease and expedite progress toward the 2020 goals of elimination for lymphatic filariasis, blinding trachoma, sleeping sickness and leprosy, and control of soil-transmitted helminthes, schistosomiasis, river blindness, Chagas disease and visceral leishmaniasis.
To close the funding gap for Guinea worm eradication, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, the Gates Foundation, and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation, will donate US$40 million to The Carter Center.
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