The Carter Center Celebrates Massive Drop in Worldwide Cases of the Guinea Worm
16 Jan 2014
Posted by Elise Durham
Morehouse alumnus Dr. Donald Hopkins ’62 leads ground-breaking program to eradicate disease
The Carter Center announced today that 148 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2013. These provisional numbers, reported by ministries of health in the remaining four endemic nations and compiled by the Center, show that cases of the debilitating disease were reduced by 73 percent in 2013 compared to 542 cases in 2012. When the Center began leading the first international campaign to eradicate a parasitic disease, there were an estimated 3.5 million Guinea worm cases occurring annually in Africa and Asia.