Dracunculiasis eradication

Guinea-worm disease: International Certification Team evaluates Kenya’s elimination claim

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6 December 2017 | Geneva | Nairobi –– An International Certification Team (ICT) is currently in Kenya to assess the elimination of dracunculiasis (commonly known as guinea-worm disease) in the country. The team, led by Dr Joel Breman – a veteran epidemiologist and global health expert – comprises local and international experts.

The evaluation mission will last 2 weeks during which time sub-teams will examine documented details of past cases and rumours in various regions of the country.

WHO welcomes new funding to accelerate demise of neglected tropical diseases

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16 November 2017 | Geneva –– The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the launch of a US$100 million dollar fund to accelerate the elimination of two devastating infectious neglected tropical diseases diseases – onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis).

The announcement was made during the Reaching the Last Mile: mobilizing together to eliminate infectious disease held in Abu Dhabi on 15 November, which focused on the eradication of two diseases – polio and Guinea worm disease.

Eradicating dracunculiasis: Chad intensifies national campaign as ninth human case is confirmed

©WHO/F. Agum. Treating water bodies with temephos (cyclopicide)
is part of measures to control and eliminate dracunculiasis in Chad.

6 September 2017 | Geneva −− Chad - the only country which has reported human cases of guinea-worm disease so far this year - has launched a national campaign to accelerate the prompt detection and containment of all cases. ‘Heroes of Guinea-worm campaign’ aims to speed up reporting of all humans and animals infected with Dracunculiasis medinensis (the Guinea worm).

From 1 January to 31 July 2017, all nine human cases have occurred in Chad.

Dracunculiasis eradication: aggressive vector control to accelerate interruption of transmission

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29 May 2017 | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries where dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) is endemic to expand the treatment of all water bodies with the cyclopicide, temephos.

Application of temephos in surface water is known to kill the water fleas (cyclops) that carry the infective guinea-worm larvae.
WHO’s call comes as the world enters the “last mile” in eradicating the first parasitic disease of humans. Until the end of April, only four human cases have been reported to WHO.

Chad reporting fewer dracunculiasis infections in dogs

Dracunculiasis in Chad
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15 May 2017 | Geneva

The decreasing number of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) infections in dogs in Chad indicates that enhanced control and surveillance measures, supported by a robust education campaign, are working.

The World Health Organization recommends that control measures should be combined with treatment using cyclopicide of all water bodies surrounding affected villages and neighbourhoods.


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