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Carter Foundation On Track To Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease Worldwide

The Atlantic: The Second Disease Ever Eradicated
“…[G]lobally, there are only 126 cases left [of Guinea worm], [former President Jimmy] Carter announced this week during the unveiling of a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, called Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease. … Though most of the Western world has averted its attention from the scourges [of neglected tropical diseases], Carter said that these diseases are prime for eradication, and his foundation is on track to make Guinea worm the second human disease after smallpox to be entirely eliminated worldwide…” (Fleur, 1/15).

Scientific American: Ex-President Wins Campaign against Ghastly Guinea Worm
“Jimmy Carter’s efforts against the horribly painful guinea worm parasitic disease have helped lower the number of cases from 3.5 million in 1986 to just 126 last year…” The magazine features an audio version and transcript of an interview with Carter (DiChristina et al., 1/15).

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