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Guinea Worm Disease On Track To Be Eradicated In 2016

Quartz: How this horror movie-like disease went down more than 99.99% in 30 years
“…In 1986, 3.5 million people were affected by [Guinea worm disease] every year. Currently, thanks to a campaign lead for the past 30 years by the Carter Center, there are only 18 cases recorded, Don Bundy — a senior adviser for neglected tropical diseases in Africa — told Quartz. The parasite is on its way to complete eradication, which is on track to be certified in 2016. … [T]hat was achieved through a rather simple, if demanding, strategy: combining the treatment of water bodies hosting the parasites with education, teaching local population to filter their drinking water…” (Merelli, 12/17).

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