after leaving office Carter made it one of his mission in life to outlive the Guinea Worm Disease. Which is a painful parasite. when he started the number of reported cases yearly was over 3 million that number has dropped to 20 in 2015.
South Sudan is the latest country to become free from this horrible disease.
Yesterday, the minister of health for the country of South Sudan announced that they had successfully put a stop to transmission of Guinea Worm Disease.
This means that they have achieved a 15-month period of no reported cases of Guinea Worm. Since the Guinea Worm has a lifecycle of about twelve months, fifteen months with no cases means that the disease isn’t coming back unless it is reintroduced from the outside