Synonyms: Dracunculosis | Guinea worm disease | Medina worm disease | Medinensis
Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) characterized by a painful burning skin lesion from which the Dracunculus medinensis parasite emerges approximately 1 year after infection resulting from consumption of unsafe drinking water containing parasite-infected copepods (Cyclops spp. microcrustacea also called water fleas).
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