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Dracunculosis

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Synonyms of Dracunculosis

  • Dracontiasis
  • Dracunculiasis
  • Fiery Serpent Infection
  • Guinea Worm Infection

Disorder Subdivisions

  • No subdivisions found.

General Discussion

Dracunculosis is an infection caused by a parasitic worm known as Dracunculus medinensis, the guinea worm. Infected water fleas release the larvae of the worm into drinking water. Ingestion of contaminated water causes the larvae to migrate from the intestines via the abdominal cavity to the tissue under the skin. The larvae mature and release a toxic substance that makes the overlying skin ulcerate. After treatment, symptoms disappear and the worms can be safely removed from the skin.

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