Guinea Worm

FILE - Children in the town of Terekeka, South Sudan, draw water, Oct. 4, 2017, from a stagnant pond that was once infected with Guinea worm when the town was endemic. The Carter Center said Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, that only 13 human cases of Guinea worm disease were reported worldwide in 2022.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Carter Center said Tuesday that only 13 human cases of Guinea worm disease were reported worldwide last year.

After decades of progress, the eradication program’s director cautioned the end phase of the global effort to eradicate the parasitic disease will be “the most difficult.”

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