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Parasite is target of world fight.

Parasite is target of world fight

On March 17, the U.S. House Select Committee on Hungerheard testimony from health experts regarding the U.S. role in the World Health Organization's worldwide campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease. Also called dracunculiasis, the water-borne, crippling disease is caused by a worm that infects an estimated 10 million people annually, mostly in rural areas of Africa, India and Pakistan. Because the worm's larvae can easily be removed from water with chemicals or filtering, the committee will recommend that U.S. foreign aid for water projects in those endemic areas concentrate on eliminating the larvae, says a committee spokeswoman.
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Title Annotation:dracunculiasis, worm disease
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Date:Mar 28, 1987
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