DRACUNCULUS MEDINENSIS:

GUINEA WORM

http://www.who.int/ctd/dracun/geo.htm

The Guinea Worm disease, Dracunculiasis medinensis is a parasitic disease that has affected humans since ancient civilization. It is currently only found in a few African nations, and there have been significant international efforts in eradicating the disease. This disease is a good candidate for eradication because it has no known animal reservoir, the Cyclops vector is not very mobile and is restricted to water, and the life cycle is dependant on humans. Although the date of eradication was set for 1995, political setbacks and conflict has delayed the progress in controlling this disease.