The Medscape Awards in Infectious Diseases: Disease Most Likely to Be Eradicated From Earth

John G. Bartlett, MD

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December 18, 2012

And the Winner Is...

On the basis of these observations, poliovirus is far more important to control, but Guinea worm disease will be much simpler, with a track record of progress toward eradication that is consistent and near the goal line. Eradication of Guinea worm disease will be the first successful elimination of a parasitic disease and the first achieved without a vaccine or curative treatment. Because the Medscape Award was to go to the pathogen, without weight to the magnitude of the victory, my pick is D medinensis.

Figure 3. Children in Ghana look at a picture book about Guinea worm disease. Courtesy of The Carter Center and L. Gubb

Editor’s Note: Do you agree with Dr. Bartlett's choice? Tell us in the related discussion: The Medscape Awards in Infectious Diseases: Disease Most Likely to Be Eradicated 

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