12.2 C
New York
April 16, 2024
Access to water Africa Asia Pacific Global development Global health Health news Society

Guinea worm disease could be second ever human illness to be eradicated

As cases fall, the condition that once affected millions of people in Africa and Asia could also be the first to be wiped out without medicines

The number of cases of a painful and debilitating tropical illness fell last year to a record low, fuelling hopes that it will soon become the second human disease in history to be eradicated.

Only 13 cases of guinea worm disease were reported worldwide in 2022, a provisional figure that if confirmed would be the smallest ever documented, the US-based Carter Center has said.

Continue reading…

Related posts

Thursday briefing: Inside South America’s summit to save the Amazon


Gabriel Boric, 36, to usher in new era for Chile as he takes presidential oath


Election of Delfina Gómez as governor of Mexico state signals decline of PRI


Pin It on Pinterest

Share This