Live Google+ Hangout Event Today: Mark Siddall Joins President Jimmy Carter On Guinea Worm Disease Eradication

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Watch former U.S. President Jimmy Carter announce the 2012 provisional Guinea worm case numbers during a LIVE broadcast via Google+ Hangout at 10:45 am. EST this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013.

Together with a group of experts—also including Mark E. Siddall, a Museum curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology—President Carter will discuss prospects for getting to zero cases.

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According to the Carter Center, experts believe Guinea worm disease (also known as dracunculiasis) will be only the second human disease in history to be eradicated; the first was smallpox. Guinea worm also would be the first parasitic disease eradicated; and the first disease eradicated without a vaccine or medicine.

Using simple tools like fine-mesh water filters and health education, The Carter Center and its partners have worked at the grassroots to reduce cases of this ancient disease by more than 99.9 percent since the Carter Center began fighting Guinea worm in 1986.

Watch the event LIVE on YouTube on Jan. 17, 2013, at 10:45 a.m. EST (15:45 GMT) or on the Carter Center's blog.

AFTER THE EVENT: President Carter will be taking questions on Twitter: You can submit your questions for President Carter on Twitter during the event by using the hashtag #GWorm12.