American Museum of Natural History

Guinea worm, a painful parasite that once affected millions of people each year, may soon be relegated to the past. Thanks to improved health education and community efforts, only 148 cases were reported in 2013. This case study, created for the American Museum of Natural History exhibition Countdown to Zero, reveals how health workers and epidemiologists track guinea worm’s spread in an effort to eliminate the disease permanently.

Countdown to Zero is presented by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with The Carter Center, Atlanta, and is proudly supported by

Clarke, Public Health Mosquito Control

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Lions Clubs International Foundation

Mectizan Donation Program


Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History.


Countdown to Zero: Guinea Worm Disease

Carter Center Guinea Worm Eradication Program

CDC: Guinea Worm Disease

WHO: The Global Eradication Campaign

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