Public Domain Picture: This image depicts the painful suffering being sustained by a young girl named Akouma, who is infected with Guinea worm, Dracunculus medinen
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This image depicts the painful suffering being sustained by a young girl named Akouma, who is infected with Guinea worm, Dracunculus medinen
This image depicts the painful suffering being sustained by a young girl named Akouma, who is infected with Guinea worm, Dracunculus medinensis. Two health workers are extracting an adult worm from the girl's lower right leg. The Guinea worm has migrated, over a period of approximately one year, to its site of emergence from its subcutaneous location, out through a ruptured blister, in order to release its eggs in a local pond or dam. This blister causes a very painful burning sensation and eventually (within 24 to 72 hours) ruptures. Once the white, spaghetti-like worm emerges from the wound, it is pulled out only a few centimeters each day, and wrapped around a small stick or piece of gauze. Sometimes a worm can be pulled out completely within a few days, but this painful process often takes weeks.
CDC/ The Carter Center
November 18, 2012
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Size: 2350 x 3520
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