Historic low number of guinea worm cases reported

© L. Discaciate. Children are vulnerable to dracunculiasis infections and often miss classes.

15 January 2016 | Geneva –– From an estimated 3.5 million cases reported in 1986, only 22 new cases were reported from the remaining endemic countries: Chad, Ethiopia, Mali, and South Sudan.
This represents a reduction of 83% between January-November 2015 compared with 124 cases for corresponding period in 2014. South Sudan reported only 5 cases in 2015 compared with 70 cases in 2015.
Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, and Kenya, countries in pre-certification stage, are exerting their effort to increase awareness about reward for voluntary reporting of guinea worm disease.

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January–November 2015

22cases compared with 124 cases for the same months in 2014

Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–November 2015

Total number of cases in 2014

126cases reported during 2014, compared with 148 in 2013, a decrease of 15%

Analysis of situation and trends

Endemic countries in 2015

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


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