Guinea Worm: The Next Small Pox by Kimi Rooney
Posted by benjamincrookston on April 8, 2008
Dracunculiasis, more commonly known as Guinea worm disease (GWD), is an infection caused by the parasite Dracunculus medinensis. It is an incurable disease, yet it is completely preventable. It can be eradicated through education and cost-productive forms of providing clean water to the people like with cloth filters. There is also a lot of attention being given to the eradication effort. Just to name a few there are the Carter Center, Bill & Melinda Gates, UNICEF, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization all working on programs in the most endemic areas such as Uganda and Ghana. I believe with enough attention and participation Guinea worm will be the next debilitating disease to be completely eradicated from the world.