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Disease definition

Dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease) is a neglected tropical disease (NTD) characterized by a painful burning skin lesion from which the Dracunculus medinensis parasite emerges approximately 1 year after infection resulting from consumption of unsafe drinking water containing parasite-infected copepods (Cyclops spp., microcrustacea also called water fleas).


Classification level: Disorder
  • Synonym(s):
    • Dracunculosis
    • Guinea worm disease
    • Medina worm disease
    • Medinensis
  • Prevalence: <1 / 1 000 000
  • Inheritance: -
  • Age of onset: All ages
  • ICD-10: B72
  • ICD-11: 1F64
  • OMIM: -
  • UMLS: C0013100
  • MeSH: D004320
  • GARD: 6286
  • MedDRA: 10013618
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