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Dracunculiasis: Introduction

Dracunculiasis: Dracunculiasis, more commonly known as Guinea worm disease, is a preventable infection caused by the parasite Dracunculus medinensis. Infection affects poor ... more about Dracunculiasis.

Dracunculiasis: An infectious disease caused by the nematode Dracunculus medinensis which is usually transmitted by drinking water contaminated by infected crustaceans. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Dracunculiasis is available below.

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Causes of Dracunculiasis

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Misdiagnosis and Dracunculiasis

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Dracunculiasis: DPD (Excerpt)

Dracunculiasis, more commonly known as Guinea worm disease, is a preventable infection caused by the parasite Dracunculus medinensis. Infection affects poor communities in remote parts of Africa that do not have safe water to drink.  (Source: excerpt from Dracunculiasis: DPD)

Facts About Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease): CDC-OC (Excerpt)

Dracunculiasis (dra-KUNK-you-LIE-uh-sis), more commonly called Guinea worm disease, is a parasitic infection caused by Dracunculus medinensis (a long, thin worm). Infection is seen when the adult worm emerges through the skin of an infected person. Worms grow up to 3 feet long and are as wide as a paper clip wire. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease): CDC-OC)

Definitions of 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)

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


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