Virtual Media Roundtable – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Releases Guinea Worm Case Numbers for 2012

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Carter Center Guinea worm experts Drs. Donald R. Hopkins and Ernesto Ruiz-Tiben hosted a media roundtable via Google+ Hangout On Air to announce the provisional Guinea worm case totals for 2012 and discuss significant progress in the international Guinea worm eradication campaign led by The Carter Center. View the press release >

Experts believe Guinea worm disease (also known as dracunculiasis) will be only the second human disease in history eradicated after smallpox. Guinea worm also will 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.

Related Links

Visit the Carter Center’s Guinea worm microsite >

Number of Reported Cases of Guinea Worm Disease by Year: 1989–2012* (PDF) >

Guinea Worm Fact Sheet (PDF) >

Visit the Carter Center on Google+ >

Chart: The Life Cycle of Guinea Worm Disease >

New England Journal of Medicine Article: Disease Eradication >

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  1. 1

    Mahbubur Rahman on February 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

    we wish to share with this novel work. 2ndly, now proper time to destroy Guinea Worm from the Earth. Middle develop country mass people don’t know what is Guinea Worm. we have learned from the esteemed Cater Center.

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    michael lueras on February 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    But how much progress has been made in ridding Africa of those French (and other European) PARASITES amen?