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Not every worm wrapped around a stick is a guinea worm: a case of Onchocerca volvulus mimicking Dracunculus medinensis

Overview of attention for article published in Parasites & Vectors, July 2015
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Title
Not every worm wrapped around a stick is a guinea worm: a case of Onchocerca volvulus mimicking Dracunculus medinensis
Published in
Parasites & Vectors, July 2015
DOI 10.1186/s13071-015-1004-1
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Authors

Eta Ngole Mbong, Gerald Etapelong Sume, Flaubert Danbe, Walter Kang Kum, Valeri Oben Mbi, André Arsène Bita Fouda, Peter Atem

Abstract

Despite being certified guinea worm free in 2007, Cameroon continues surveillance efforts to ensure rapid verification of any suspected reoccurrence. This includes the investigation of every rumor and confirmation of each suspicious expulsed worm. This paper presents fieldwork carried out to investigate a guinea worm rumor in Cameroon which turned out to be an Onchocerca volvulus mimicking Dracunculus medinensis. The investigation included a field visit to the subsistence farming community where the rumor was reported. During the visit, interviews were conducted with health staff who managed the case and the elderly farmer from whom the worm was retrieved. An investigation of any potential missed guinea worm cases was also conducted through interviews with community residents and reviews of the health facility's medical records. This was combined with laboratory analyses of water samples from the community's water sources and the retrieved worm which was removed from the patient via wrapping it around a stick. Microscopy and molecular analyses of the retrieved worm revealed a female Onchocerca volvulus whose expulsion strongly mimicked guinea worm. In addition to presenting findings of our investigation, this paper discusses distinguishing elements between the two parasites and gives an overview of guinea worm eradication efforts in Cameroon as well as current challenges to the worm's eradication globally. The investigation findings suggest the evolving Onchocerca volvulus worm tropisms' adaptive survival behavior worth further investigation. Strategies used to successfully control guinea worm in Cameroon could be adapted for Onchocerca volvulus control.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 36 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 7 19%
Student > Master 5 14%
Researcher 5 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 8%
Lecturer 2 6%
Other 4 11%
Unknown 10 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 8 22%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 17%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 6%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 6%
Other 5 14%
Unknown 8 22%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 9. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 December 2018.
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#2,060,172
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