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Mon Oct 7, 2019, 12:24 PM

The End Of Guinea Worm Was Just Around the Corner. Not Anymore

Source: NPR

The End Of Guinea Worm Was Just Around the Corner. Not Anymore

October 4, 2019 12:21 PM ET

Next year was supposed to be the end of the line for Guinea worm.

The epic, decades-long campaign against the parasite which humans and animals can contract from drinking water and which, about a year later, emerges as a worm up to 3 feet long from painful lesions on the feet or legs has been one of the big success stories in modern global health. In the 1980s, more than 3 million people in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia contracted Guinea worm annually. Last year, that number was down to 28.

Former President Jimmy Carter, who turned 95 this week and whose nonprofit Carter Center has led much of the Guinea worm eradication effort, has said that he would "like for the last Guinea worm to die before I do."

But that goal moved further out of reach this week, when the World Health Organization quietly revealed that it has moved its expected Guinea worm eradication date, which had been 2020, ahead a decade, to 2030. The change was first reported in Nature.

Over the past few years, the eradication effort has faced a series of setbacks. Last year, South Sudan, one of the countries hit hardest by the parasite, declared victory over it. But only a few months later a new outbreak surfaced there.


Read more: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/10/04/767177987/the-end-of-guinea-worm-was-just-around-the-corner-not-anymore

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Mon Oct 7, 2019, 12:30 PM

1. Same with polio eradication

Both were within reach, but regional civil war, worldwide economic turmoil and impact on resources, and arguably for at least Guinea worm, climate change are having a tremendous impact.

Meanwhile, measles elimination (no, not eradication) looks more and more out or reach, thanks to vaccine objectors and failure to maintain momentum in efforts across the world.

I really wanted Pres. Carter to see Guinea Worm eradication during his lifetime. It will be very difficult now.

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