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Only 17 Recorded Guinea Worm Cases This Year, But Conflict, Infections Among Dogs Hampering Elimination Efforts, WHO Official Says

Reuters: Wars and dogs complicate WHO’s bid to kill off Guinea worm
“The World Health Organization’s battle to eradicate Guinea worm is being hampered by conflict and infections in dogs but cases have fallen to just 17 so far in 2016, the doctor leading the fight told Reuters on Wednesday. The debilitating parasite afflicted 3.5 million people 30 years ago but is now endemic in only four countries: South Sudan, Chad, Ethiopia, and Mali…” (Miles, 11/2).

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