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Dracunculiasis

Parasitology

Helminths

  1. Ralph Muller BSc PhD DSc FIBiol Honorary Senior Lecturer

Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470688618.taw0206

Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections

Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections

How to Cite

Muller, R. 2010. Dracunculiasis. Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections. .

Author Information

  1. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

Abstract

  • 1
    Morphology
  • 2
    Life Cycle
  • 3
    Transmission and Epidemiology
  • 4
    Location in Host
  • 5
    Clinical Manifestations and Pathology
  • 6
    Diagnosis
  • 7
    Treatment
  • 8
    The Eradication Campaign
  • 9
    Zoonotic Aspects

Keywords:

  • Dracunculiasis-ancient disease mentioned in the Old Testament;
  • dracunculoid nematode, Dracunculus medinensis;
  • Dracunculus infection-occurring in 12 countries of West and Central Africa;
  • adult female worms-emerging from subcutaneous tissues;
  • eradication of dracunculiasis from the world-sub-goal of Clean Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade (1981-90);
  • provision by governments and aid agencies of safe drinking water from tubewells-priority in rural areas of Africa and Asia;
  • health education interventions by local health workers-control or eradication campaign;
  • Dracunculiasis-disease in rural communities having to obtain drinking water from ponds