Guinea Worm Disease (cont.)
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Is a person immune to Guinea worm disease once he or she has it?
No. Infection does not produce immunity, and many people in affected villages suffer disease year after year.
How can Guinea worm disease be prevented?
Because GWD can only be transmitted via drinking contaminated water, educating people to follow these simple control measures can completely prevent illness and eliminate transmission of the disease:
Additionally, unsafe sources of drinking water can be treated with an approved larvicide, such as ABATE®*, that kills copepods, and communities can be provided with new safe sources of drinking water, or have existing dysfunctional ones repaired.
*Use of trade names is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the Public Health Service or by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Last Editorial Review: 4/6/2010
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