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'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.

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