Dracunculiasis: 27 cases reported during first half of the year

Awareness campaign at a village school in South Sudan, 2013

08 August 2014 –– Progress towards achieving the eradication of dracunculiasis ((guinea-worm disease) has been steady for the first half of the year.

As of 30 June 2014, WHO had received reports of 27 cases compared with 92 cases for the same period in 2013, representing a decrease of 70% in the number of reported cases.

In Ghana, an International Certification Team (ICT) recently completed an independent assessment in response to the country’s request to be certified free of transmission.

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January–June 2014

27cases compared with 92 cases for the same months in 2013, a decrease of 70%

Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–June 2014

Total number of cases in 2013

148cases reported during 2013, compared with 542 in 2012, a decrease of 73%

Analysis of situation and trends

Endemic countries in 2014

4endemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan) compared with 20 in 1990


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