Suspected case of Guinea worm reported in Longechuk, South Sudan

Formed blister on the lower foot signaling the presence of Guinea Worm Disease | Photo: Thessherald

Humanitarian health workers have reported a suspected case of Guinea worm disease (also known as Dracunculiasis) in Longchuk County, one of the remote areas in Upper Nile state.

“Three days ago, we detected a suspected case of Guinea worm infection in Longchuk County,” said Lim Gambella, an Operations Officer working for Relief International.

Dracunculiasis is an infection caused by a parasite called Guinea worm. A person becomes infected when they drink contaminated water. The disease has been eradicated in most parts of the world, but it is still present in South Sudan, Ethiopia Chad and Mali.

Guinea worm disease (GWD) is one of the main causes of disabilities in rural communities that lack access to clean drinking water.

As of the end of February 2018, the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, declared that the country was Guinea worm-free after registering zero cases for more than 14 months.

Attempt by Thessherald to reach health authorities for comment hit a snag.

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