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What is Dracunculiasis?

What is Dracunculiasis?

  • Dracunculiasis: An infectious disease caused by the nematode Dracunculus medinensis which is usually transmitted by drinking water contaminated by infected crustaceans.
  • Dracunculiasis: Infection with nematodes of the genus DRACUNCULUS. One or more worms may be seen at a time, with the legs and feet being the most commonly infected areas. Symptoms include pruritus, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or asthmatic attacks.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Dracunculiasis: a painful and debilitating infestation contracted by drinking stagnant water contaminated with Guinea worm larvae that can mature inside a human's abdomen until the worm emerges through a painful blister in the person's skin.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Dracunculiasis as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Dracunculiasis: Introduction

Types of Dracunculiasis:

Broader types of Dracunculiasis:

How serious is Dracunculiasis?

Complications of Dracunculiasis: see complications of Dracunculiasis

What causes Dracunculiasis?

Causes of Dracunculiasis: see causes of Dracunculiasis
Risk factors for Dracunculiasis: see risk factors for Dracunculiasis

What are the symptoms of Dracunculiasis?

Symptoms of Dracunculiasis: see symptoms of Dracunculiasis

Complications of Dracunculiasis: see complications of Dracunculiasis

Incubation period for Dracunculiasis: about 1 year

Can anyone else get Dracunculiasis?

More information: see contagiousness of Dracunculiasis
Inheritance: see inheritance of Dracunculiasis

Dracunculiasis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Dracunculiasis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Dracunculiasis.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Dracunculiasis: Infectious Disease Specialist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Dracunculiasis.
Treatments for Dracunculiasis: see treatments for Dracunculiasis
Prevention of Dracunculiasis: see prevention of Dracunculiasis
Research for Dracunculiasis: see research for Dracunculiasis

Name and Aliases of Dracunculiasis

Main name of condition: Dracunculiasis

Class of Condition for Dracunculiasis: parasite worm

Other names or spellings for Dracunculiasis:

Guinea worm disease, Guinea worm, dracontiasis, dracunculosis, fiery serpent infection, guinea worm infection, GWD, Parasitic infection caused by Dracunculus medinensis

Dracontiasis, Dracunculosis, Dracunculus medinensis, Guinea worm, Medina worm Source - Diseases Database

Guinea worm disease, Guinea worm
Source - WordNet 2.1

Dracunculiasis: Related Conditions

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