Posted by: quiscus | July 16, 2012

July 16, 2012

“Jimmy Carter’s Greatest Victory: Guinea Worm on Verge of Extinction

The guinea worm may be the second major human disease after small pox to be completely eradicated. It is a parasite that you get from drinking water with small fleas in it. The larvae of the worm are in the fleas, and they migrate into your muscles. After growing there for a year, as a long thread gathered in a bump, the worm works its way out over two or three days, which is extremely painful. The disease mainly existed in Central Africa, and especially in South Sudan. ”

http://www.juancole.com/2012/07/jimmy-carters-greatest-victory-guinea-worm-on-verge-of-extinction.html

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