Amid the Covid clamour, another disease is quietly being ...

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Amid the Covid clamour, another disease is quietly being conquered

Guinea worm cases fell 50% last year despite the pandemic and campaigners credit community-led efforts for the success

Emeline Wuilbercq

Okello Aballa Ognum regularly has to walk deep into the jungles of southwestern Ethiopia to treat the water ponds that harbour a debilitating parasitic disease.

Painstakingly, he measures the water volume to determine how much chemical treatment to use against copepods, the tiny water fleas that carry the Guinea worm larvae.

If ingested by humans, the larvae can grow up to a metre long before emerging through the skin, leading to serious disability and amputation in the worst cases...

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