Dracunculiasis eradication

Ethiopia

Status as of 31 August 2017

Ethiopia reported zero human cases.

A total of 4 infected baboons and 9 infected dogs were detected in January and August 2017 in the same woreda where human cases were reported in 2016. None of the infected baboons were contained; 6 of the infected dogs were contained.

Of the 9000 rumours reported and investigated, more than 95% were investigated within 24 hours.

Since 1996, the Ethiopian Dracunculiasis Eradication Programme has offered a cash reward for voluntary reporting of dracunculiasis cases and for complying with the case containment measures. In 2014, the award was increased from Birr 1000 [about US$ 58] to Birr 2000 [about US$ 116]. Please call toll free number 8335 or report to the nearest health facility and get reward of Birr 2000 for confirmed case of guinea-worm disease. .

2-day training on case definitions, prevention, the cash reward system and reporting, Ethiopia 2014

Summary for 2016

Ethiopia reported a total of 3 human cases in 2016: one case each from three villages, all in Gambella Region.

  • Gog woreda
    • Olane village
    • PRC-Agnuak village
  • Lare woreda
    • Kubri village

Of the 3 cases reported, 2 were contained; all cases (one child and two adults) were males.

Some 14 infected dogs and 2 infected baboons were reported from six villages in Gog woreda. One infected dog detected in Ochokchala village of Abobo woreda is said to have been imported from Gutok, Elanyi, Gop fishing area, Gog woreda. Abobo and Gog Woreda are all in Gambella Region. Among the 14 infected dogs, 10 were contained.

A total of 12 429 rumoured cases were reported, 99.8% of which were investigated within 24 hours.

Last update:

25 October 2017 15:33 CEST