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Description:This 2002 image depicts a Nigerian woman drinking water directly from a local pond through a pipe filter. Similar to a straw, pipe filters are individual filtration devices, which allow people to filter their drinking water, in order to avoid contracting Guinea worm disease while traveling or working in the field. To prevent possible infection, all drinking water must be filtered in endemic areas to remove the microscopic copepods, or “water fleas” that carry the infective Guinea worm larvae.
Because Guinea worm disease (GWD) can only be transmitted through drinking contaminated water, educating people to follow these simple control measures can completely prevent illness and eliminate transmission of the disease:

- Prevent persons with an open Guinea worm ulcer from entering ponds and wells used for drinking water.

- Always filter drinking water, using a household cloth filter or pipe filter, to remove the water fleas which harbor the infective Guinea worm larvae.

- Treat unsafe sources of drinking water with an approved larvicide, such as ABATE®, that kills water fleas.

- Provide communities with safe sources of drinking water (such as from borehole or hand-dug wells), or have existing dysfunctional ones repaired.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ The Carter Center
Creation Date:2002
Photo Credit:E. Staub
Links:Copyright Info: The Carter Center
CDC – Nat. Cntr. for Infectious Diseases; Div. of Parasitic Diseases; Dracunculiasis: Guinea Worm Disease
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