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Guinea Worm Eradication at Risk in South Sudanese War

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Science  17 Jan 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6168, pp. 236
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6168.236

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The global campaign to eradicate the guinea worm is closer than ever to its goal: There were only 149 recorded cases in 2013, according to new provisional numbers from the Carter Center, which leads the 3-decade battle against the worm. But the recently erupted violence in South Sudan, which is home to most of the remaining cases, puts the eradication at risk.