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"President Carter Announces 2013 Provisional Guinea Worm Case Totals on Huffington Post Live "

President Carter announced on Huffington Post Live today that 148 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2013. These provisional numbers, reported by ministries of health in the remaining four endemic nations and compiled by the Center, show that cases of the debilitating disease were reduced by 73 percent in 2013 compared to 542 cases in 2012.

When the Center began leading the first international campaign to eradicate a parasitic disease, there were an estimated 3.5 million Guinea worm cases occurring annually in Africa and Asia.

Watch the interview from HuffPost Live

President Carter told HuffPost Live's Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, "I want to see Guinea worm eradicated during my lifetime, and I'm sure we'll be successful."

CARTER CENTER: 148 Cases of Guinea Worm Disease Remain Worldwide

See monthly provisional case totals in 2014

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