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The Defeat of Guinea Worm

The New York Times today describes the progress being made in the defeat of Guinea worm.

Now, thanks to a relentless 20-year campaign led by former President Jimmy Carter, Guinea worm is poised to become the first disease since smallpox to be pushed into oblivion. Fewer than 12,000 cases were found last year, down from 3 million in 1986.