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Dracunculiasis
Clinical Findings
  • Incubation period is about 1 year
  • No symptoms during the development of worms
  • Skin manifestations (urticaria, erythaema, pruritus) and eventually systemic allergic symptoms before blisters erupt
  • Blisters are painful and burning. People become invalided. After a few days the blisters rupture and the anterior end of the female worm is visible. The worm (up to 1.2 m in length!) can be removed slowly.