Prevention of Dracunculiasis


Prevention of Dracunculiasis: Because Guinea worm disease can only occur by drinking contaminated water, following these simple control measures can completely prevent illness and eliminate the disease.

  • Drink clean water, free from contamination.
  • Prevent persons with an open Guinea worm ulcer from entering ponds and wells used for drinking water.
  • Filter water fleas from drinking water.
  • Treat contaminated water sources with a chemical, such as Abate*, that kills water fleas.

    * Use of trade names is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the Public Health Service or by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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