By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

A suspected case of Guinea worm disease, or dracunculiasis, is being investigated in Agorkpoe Eloekope Community, North Tongu District, Volta Region in Ghana.

Map of Ghana/CIA

The patient is a 54-year-old man who noticed a blister on his right foot which burst on May 1 with a whitish worm emerging from the resultant wound.

A sample of the worm will be taken and shipped to WHO/CDC Collaborative laboratory in Atlanta for
laboratory investigation.

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The area has not seen a suspected case of the parasitic infection in two decades.

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