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Saturday, 8 January, 2000, 18:20 GMT
India eradicates guinea worm disease

India says it's completely eradicated guinea worm disease.

The disease had affected forty thousand people a year in the early 1980s, but now joins smallpox on the list of diseases officially eradicated from the country.

The Health Minister N.

T.

Shanmugam said the success should be repeated in other disease control programmes.

Guinea worm disease is transmitted through unsafe drinking water.

The adult worm can measure up to one metre in length and emerges through the affected person's skin.

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