Progress Toward Global Eradication of Dracunculiasis, January 2010-June 2011

October 2011
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;10/28/2011, Vol. 60 Issue 42, p1450
The article discusses progress towards global eradication of dracunculiasis since January 2010. The infection with the parasite is attributed to drinking water from stagnant sources with copepods that harbor Dracunculus medinensis. Disabilities caused by draunculiasis are secondary to bacterial infections which develop in the skin, resulting to pain and swelling. Ways to prevent dracunculiasis are enumerated. Also included are reports on cases of dracunculiasis in African countries.


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