Two new dracunculiasis cases reported in February 2013
19 April 2013 | Geneva
Only two cases of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) have been reported to the World Health Organization for the month of February.
Both which have been reported from South Sudan are the first confirmed cases for 2013.
In January 2013, all four endemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan) had reported zero cases making it the first month ever when zero cases were reported to WHO.
This year’s reported cases in January and February compares favourably with the corresponding period in 2012, when a total 6 cases were reported to WHO.
Cases – January–February 2013
2Cases from 1 January to 28 February 2013, compared with 6 confirmed cases for the same period in 2012Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases January–February 2013
Total cases for 2012
542Cases reported during 2012, compared with 1058 in 2011Analysis of situation and trends
Endemic in 2012
4 countriesEndemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan) compared with 20 in 1990Certification