January 31, 2013, 12:34 pm
By The Carter Center
There is no vaccine or medicine to fight Guinea worm disease; instead, The Carter Center uses four main interventions to lead the international campaign against the debilitating parasite:
The first three interventions get most of the attention, but applying the safe larvicide ABATE to water sources also helps wipe out the worm. While teaching humans to modify their behavior can be challenging, applying ABATE to Guinea worm endemic ponds has its own, more reptilian, challenges
ABATE® is donated by BASF, and when used as directed, is safe for humans and is approved by the World Health Organization.
Despite having to worry about crocodiles, the program in Ghana was a success! The country has announced that the transmission of Guinea worm has been stopped and is working toward being certified as Guinea worm-free.