[QODLink]
Africa
'Guinea worm' close to extinction
An ambitious eradication programme is now putting an end to parasite that once infected people across Asia and Africa.
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2012 21:50

A parasite that infects people called the Guinea worm can grow up to a metre in length and lives under the skin.

It was once found across much of Asia and Africa but now, thanks to an ambitious eradication programme, the worm is close to extinction.

Al Jazeera's Anna Cavell reports from South Sudan.

54

Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.