Signs and symptoms of Guinea worm disease include a
- worm emerging from a skin blister,
- itching, or
- hives on the skin near the areas where the worms emerge.
Other associated symptoms and signs can include
Cause of Guinea worm disease
The parasite Dracunculus medinensis causes the infection. The infection spreads to humans when a person drinks water contaminated by water fleas that harbor Guinea worm larvae. The larvae then grow into adult worms (2-3 feet in length) in the small intestine and then migrate and emerge from the skin. GWD affects poor communities in remote parts of Africa that do not have safe water to drink.
Other guinea worm disease symptoms and signs
- Hives on the Skin Near the Areas Where the Worms Emerge
- Worm Emerging from a Skin Blister
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