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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The country's Guinea Worm Eradication Program achieved an 85% reduction in cases in 2008, from 3,358 cases reported from 406 villages in 2007 to 501 cases reported from 131 villages in 2008.
such as trachoma, cholera, typhoid, Guinea Worm and schistosomiasis.
Ghana's Guinea worm eradication program reported 26% fewer cases in 2007 compared with 2006, with cases decreasing from 4,134 in 606 villages in 2006 to 3,358 cases in 406 villages in 2007.
I am pleased to announce that South Sudan has gone 12 months of zero cases of guinea worm disease since the last case was reported in November 2016," Kok said.
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No recurrence of dracunculiasis to an extent corroborates the proclaimed eradication by Guinea Worm Eradication Program (GWEP) from Dera Ismail Khan District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.
o Wipe out Guinea worm, which is transmitted through dirty water containing water fleas
The Government is doubling its support over five years to fund measures aimed at diseases including Guinea worm, trachoma and river blindness.
NTDs such as trachoma, Guinea worm and river blindness, are avoidable infections but can deform, disable, blind and even kill if left untreated.
In 2016, for the first time since its eradication efforts began in 1992, the West African country of Mali reported no cases of Guinea worm, an incapacitating water-borne disease that used to impact millions of people around the world.
Smallpox, which is believed to have emerged even before rabies, has now been eradicated, and programmes are currently under way to put an end to polio, Guinea worm disease and other infectious ailments.