World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease

FILE - In this Wednesday Oct. 4, 2017, file photo, Regina Bodi points her toe from where three worms emerged in 2009 when she was infected with Guinea Worm in her town of Terekeka. A new report says the world is moving closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease, in which a meter-long worm slowly emerges from a blister in a person's skin. (AP Photo/Mariah Quesada, File)

World moves closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease; 30 cases last year in Ethiopia, Chad

JOHANNESBURG — A new report says the world is moving closer to eradicating Guinea worm disease, in which a meter-long worm slowly emerges from a blister in a person's skin.

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.

Mali has not reported any cases in 25 months, and civil war-torn South Sudan has reported no cases in 13 months. The Carter Center called that a "major accomplishment."

The incapacitating disease three decades ago affected more than 3 million people in 21 countries in Africa and Asia. The meter-long worm incubates in people for up to a year before painfully emerging, often through extremely sensitive parts of the body.

"It was more painful than giving birth," one South Sudan resident, Rejina Bodi, told The Associated Press last year. "Childbirth ends but this pain persists."

Unlike other diseases which are controlled by medicines or vaccines, Guinea worm can be eradicated by educating people how to filter and drink clean water.

Globally, the Guinea worm program is entering the final stretch, though the World Health Organization warns that the remaining cases can be the most difficult to control as they usually occur in remote and often inaccessible areas.

If South Sudan continues to report no cases, the world's youngest country will be on track to be certified Guinea worm-free in the next couple of years. In an interview last year with the AP, former President Jimmy Carter praised South Sudan for making steady progress despite the "tremendous problems" in the East African nation.

Related News

Desperate herders lose animals, hope amid drought...

Mar 3, 2017

Desperate herders lose animals, hope amid drought in Kenya as region faces famine risk

Kenya's public doctors to end 100-day strike that...

Mar 14, 2017

An official with Kenya's doctors union says the country's public hospital doctors have agreed to...

Kenya opposition leader briefly hospitalized for...

Jul 10, 2017

Kenya's main opposition candidate has been briefly hospitalized for dehydration caused by suspected...

Kenya's deadly land invasions blamed on political...

Aug 6, 2017

Kenya's deadly land invasions blamed on political incitement as tense elections approach

Kenya waits to hear final results of already...

Aug 11, 2017

Kenya waits to hear final results of already disputed presidential vote; protests continue

7 girls killed in Kenya dormitory fire, official...

Sep 2, 2017

7 girls killed in Kenya dormitory fire, education minister says

Peaple also read these

7 girls killed in Kenya dormitory fire, official...

Sep 2, 2017

7 girls killed in Kenya dormitory fire, education minister says

South African vineyard's duck parade doubles as...

Aug 17, 2016

South African vineyard's duck parade doubles as pest control; environmentalists approve

Zimbabwe, Malawi welcome anti-poaching drones

Sep 9, 2016

Zimbabwe, Malawi welcome anti-poaching drones; already active in South Africa

Cheetah numbers decline as African habitat shrinks

Dec 27, 2016

Amid population declines for many wildlife species in Africa, conservationists are sounding alarm...

China says it will shut down ivory trade by end...

Dec 31, 2016

China says it will shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017 in a move designed to curb the mass...

About Us

Delivering news from all over the globe, StarJournal keeps you abreast with the greatest minds in science, be it researchers, theorists or even popularizers.

Contact us: sales@starjournals.com

Subscribe Now!