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Guinea worm larvae, light micrograph

Guinea worm larvae, light micrograph

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Guinea worm larvae. Light micrograph of three Guinea worms (Dracunculiasis medinensis). This nematode (roundworm) is a parasite of humans, who become infected by drinking water containing copepods infected with Guinea worm larva. Approximately one year after infection the adult worm emerges through a painful blister on the skin. After a global campaign to eradicate Guinea worm it is now only endemic to four African countries, down from 20 Asian and African countries in 1986.

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