Countdown to Zero: Guinea Worm Disease
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Disease agent: The parasitic worm Dracunculus medinensis
The threat: The number of cases has decreased by more than 99 percent since the 1980s, to 148 cases in 2013.
How infection spreads: Through drinking water, which contains microscopic crustacean hosts that carry worm larvae.
Defeating the disease: A concerted effort spearheaded by The Carter Center—educating and engaging communities in solutions to avoid contracting and spreading the disease, plus making available water-filtering tools—has brought the disease within sight of eradication.
Eradication potential: Poised for eradication.
What does it take to wipe out a disease? Find out in the new exhibition Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease, which opens on Tuesday, January 13.
The full story appears in the Winter issue of Rotunda, the Member magazine.