Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease)

Commonly known as Guinea Worm Disease, Dracunculiasis is prevalent in over 20 African and Asian countries, with the disease vector being the consumption of dirty water containing flea larvae infected with the nematode Dracunculus medinensis. Upon ingesting the larvae, a worm grows throughout the patient's extremities and releases eggs. While the worm can be removed from the body it is a very painful and often fatal process.

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