Guinea worm disease

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Definition of Guinea worm disease

: dracunculiasis Guinea worm disease is a parasitic infection known as dracunculiasis that can be prevented by boiling or filtering drinking water through a finely woven cloth.— Lawrence K. Altman Akoon, like other sufferers, contract guinea worm disease by drinking from stagnant water infested with a flea called cyclops, which swallows but cannot digest guinea worm larvae.— Tom Maliti

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Guinea worm disease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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Guinea worm disease

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Medical Definition of Guinea worm disease

: dracunculiasis … near eradication of Guinea worm disease, a parasitic affliction that once infected two million people every year in Pakistan, India and 16 countries in Africa.— Jim Wooten, The New York Times Magazine, 29 Jan. 1995

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