(Medinawurm-, guinea worm disease; “Fiery Serpent”) A Dracunculiasis is infection with Dracunculus medinensis. The symptoms consist of painful inflamed skin lesions that contain an adult worm, and a severe arthritis. The diagnosis is obtained by the inspection. The therapy consists of the careful, slow removal of the adult worm. About 25 years ago the Dracunculiasis was in large parts of tropical Africa, endemic in Yemen, India and Pakistan. Today, interrupting…

September 3, 2018