JOURNAL OF EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE AND HEALTHCARE

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2018 Month : March Volume : 5 Issue : 14 Page : 1275-1278

GUINEA WORM INFESTATION PRESENTING AS A SOFT TISSUE SWELLING

N. N. Murali1

Corresponding Author:
Dr. N. N. Murali,
Neelamana, Kizhakkekaaraa,
Kottarakara, Kollam, Kerala.
E-mail: drmuralinn@gmail.com
DOI: 10.18410/jebmh/2018/264

 

PRESENTATION OF THE CASE
Guinea worm infection is one of the most easily preventable parasitic disease, but it is nevertheless a common cause of disability in rural areas of Africa, south-west Asia, and India. Infection occurs when drinking water is infested with infected cyclops, a microcrustacean. Worms up to 70-80 cm in length develop in the subcutaneous tissues of the feet or legs and larvae are liberated to renew the cycle when an infected individual, steps into a well or pond from which others draw drinking water.