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Has the Guinea worm been eradicated?

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Air date: September 29, 2013

Host: Anne Ryder

Healthcare Policy & Public Health Medical History
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Interview: Donald Hopkins, M.D., vice president, health programs, Carter Center.

Donald Hopkins, M.D., vice president for health programs at the Carter Center, helped eradicate smallpox. Now he is close to eliminating the ancient Guinea worm, a parasitic infection that is spread by drinking water contaminated with water fleas. The parasites mature in the abdomen and work their way to the surface after a year. The worms create painful lesions that release hundreds of thousands of larvae when submerged in water. “Sound Medicine” host Anne Ryder speaks with Dr. Hopkins about the Guinea worm and the Carter Center’s efforts to eliminate them.

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