Case Study: Guinea Worm

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  • Area affected: Mainly in Africa between the Sahara and the Equator.

  • Causes: Drinking standing water that contains water fleas that have ingested Guinea Worm Larvae.
  • Consequences: Swelling of limbs and painful blisters. These develop into open wounds which hatch more worms and larvae on contact with water, ready to infect a new set of victims.
  • Prevention: Charities and Aid organisations such As INTERACTION and the WHO are helping to educate into straining water, keeping infected people away from shared water sources and destroying organism with larvacide.
  • Successes: In the 1980’s there were 3.5 million people infected now it is about 64,000



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