Dracunculiasis - Definition

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Dracunculiasis is a parasitic pathology caused by the consumption of contaminated water. In cases of dracunculiasis, guinea worm larvae pass through the intestines and eventually develop and reproduce in the organism. The parasite, which can reach up to one meter in length while only several millimeters in width, then (after about ten months) heads toward the subcutaneous tissues, causing extremely brutal pain in the process. It then leaves the body by piercing the skin (often at the foot), which causes the appearance of an edema. Often, an ulcer marked by a strong fever, nausea, and vomiting accompany the perforation.