ID#: 8230
This image depicts Damou Akou, a Ghanaian Red Cross Guinea worm volunteer, as she was teaching others how to filter water collected from a nearby Guinea worm-infested water source. She was using a filter cloth, through which the collected water would flow as it filled the large urn. Household filters were provided by The Carter Center, as part of its Guinea Worm, Dracunculus medinensis, Eradication Program. Guinea worm disease (GWD) is contracted when stagnant water, contaminated with microscopic copepods, or water fleas, carrying infective larvae, is ingested. If a person always filters the drinking water through a cloth filter, as the one pictured here, thereby, removing the copepods from the potable water supply, he, or she can avoid being infected by the disease.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ The Carter Center
Creation Date: 2003
Photo Credit: E. Staub
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