Thursday, April 03, 2008

Former President Carter In Nigeria To Help Celebrate A Reduction In Guinea Worm Disease In West Africa

"Former President Carter wouldn't quite say it, but he left little doubt this week about who he'd like to see in the White House next year.

Speaking to local reporters Wednesday on a trip to Nigeria, the former Democratic president noted that Barack Obama had won his home state of Georgia and his hometown of Plains.

"My children and their spouses are pro-Obama. My grandchildren are also pro-Obama," he said at a press conference, according to the Nigerian newspaper This Day. "As a superdelegate, I would not disclose who I am rooting for, but I leave you to make that guess." ...

Carter was in Nigeria for a ceremony celebrating a reduction in Guinea worm disease in West Africa."

Associated Press "Carter Hints at Support for Obama" Washington Post April 3, 2008


Guinea Worm Disease

"Except for a few remote villages in the Rajastan desert of India and in Yemen, Guinea worm disease now occurs only in Africa. Infected areas in Africa lie in a band between the Sahara and the equator. More than half of all cases of Guinea worm disease are reported from southern Sudan. Other countries with more than 1,000 cases each year are Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Ghana, Mali, Uganda, Togo, Benin, and Ivory Coast. Smaller numbers of cases are reported from Mauritania, Ethiopia, Chad, Senegal, and Cameroon. Most cases occur in poor rural villages that are not visited by tourists."

The Carter Center: Advancing Human Rights and Alleviating Suffering

World Health Organization


[For the record, Pani Cogito supports Hillary Clinton.]

Image credits: Via MicrobiologyBytes and the Carter Center. With thanks.


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