ID#: 8223
This image reveals the painful suffering being sustained by a young girl named Akouma, who was infected with Guinea worm, Dracunculus medinensis. Two health workers were extracting an adult worm from the girl’s lower right leg. The Guinea worm had migrated, over a period of approximately one year, to its site of emergence from its subcutaneous location, out through a ruptured blister, in order to release its eggs in a local pond, or dam. These blisters cause a very painful burning sensation, and within 24 to 72-hours, ruptures. Once the white, spaghetti-like worm emerges from the wound, it is pulled out, only a few centimeters each day, and wrapped around a small stick, or piece of gauze. Sometimes a worm can be pulled out completely within a few days, but this painful process often takes weeks.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ The Carter Center
Creation Date: 2001
Photo Credit: E. Staub
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