Ferret research could help eradicate Guinea worm

The painful Guinea worm infection occurs when the worms grow and reproduce within the human intestine and then migrate to the legs, where the sometimes-almost 3-foot-long worms take months to exit the skin. The infection has been close to being eradicated, but hundreds of cases were noted in dogs in Chad, one of just four countries that saw cases last year. Researchers are working with ferrets to find out how the parasite interacts with nonhuman hosts, and health officials in Chad are implementing prevention strategies, such as tethering dogs and burying potentially contaminated fish entrails. Nature (free content) (1/5)

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