Guinea Worm to Die while President Carter Still Lives

At least, that’s his wish.

On June 16, I wrote about Dracunculus medinensis, also known as the “guinea worm” or the “dragon worm.”

Today I heard President Carter say (toward the end of the video above) that when he started his eradication program, there were 3.6 million cases of guinea worm and now we are down to 11 cases.

President Carter will be 91 in October. He recently had a small cancer removed from his liver, and he still has four small melanomas in his brain; but he hopes the last guinea worm will die before he does.

I hope so, too.



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