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Carter Center CEO Announces 2021 Guinea Worm Case Totals

Editor’s note: About one month after this announcement was made, a parasite that emerged from a patient in Chad in November 2021 was determined to be a Guinea worm, thus revising the annual total of cases to eight in Chad and 15 overall. It remains the lowest total ever recorded.

A provisional all-time low of 15 cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in 2021, a 48% decline from 2020. Infections in animals were down 45% as eradication draws nearer.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, who co-founded The Carter Center in 1982 with his wife, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, was pleased with the news.

“Rosalynn and I are encouraged by the continued commitment and persistence of our partners and the citizens in the villages to eradicate Guinea worm,” he said.?“Because of their persistence, this dreadful disease will be eradicated. Today we are closer than ever, and I am excited at the prospect of seeing the job finished.”

Read the press release: World Records Fewest Guinea Worm Cases in History of Eradication Campaign

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