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Guinea Worm Disease Close To Eradication, Carter Center Report Shows

Associated Press: World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease
“A new report says the world is moving closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease … The U.S.-based Carter Center, which leads the eradication campaign, says just 30 cases were reported last year in isolated areas of Ethiopia and Chad. All 15 cases in Ethiopia occurred at a farm where workers drank unfiltered water from a contaminated pond…” (1/20).

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Carter Center working to kill this disease
“…The nonprofit targeted the parasitical disease in 21 countries of Africa and Asia in 1986 and took a leadership role to make it happen. If successful, it will be only the second disease in history, after smallpox, to be eradicated. … In 2017, only 20 villages in two African countries provisionally reported cases of Guinea worm disease…” (Quinn, 1/19).

VOA News: U.S. Group: Eradication of Painful Guinea Worm Disease in Sight
“…Mali has not reported any cases of the disease in 25 months, while South Sudan, has not reported any cases in 13 months. The Carter Center labels those achievements by the two African countries as ‘major accomplishments.’ There is no known vaccine or medicine to control Guinea worm disease. It is eradicated by educating people on how to filter and drink clean water…” (1/20).

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