Parasitic worm spent 4 years in man’s foot

Doctors in Australia said a parasitic worm removed from a man’s foot was likely inside his body for at least four years.

Dr. Jonathan Darby of St. Vincent’s Hospital said the man, who moved to Melbourne from Sudan about four years ago, came into the hospital with a swollen foot he said had been causing him pain for about a year.

Darby said an X-ray discovered there were two segments of Dracunculiasis medinensis, or “guinea worm,” in his ankle and foot.

Doctors writing in the journal Pathology said the worm, which can grow to more than three feet in length, likely died inside the man’s foot and split into pieces.

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