Dracunculiasis

South Sudan

Status for the period January–March 2016

South Sudan has reported zero cases for five consecutive months (from December 2015 to March 2016).

From January to March 2016, 1191 rumours and suspected cases were reported; 100% of rumours were investigated within 24 hours.

Since 2014, a nationwide cash reward has been offered for the voluntary reporting of dracunculiasis cases. If you have seen a case of guinea-worm disease in South Sudan, please call 0021156443990/00211935201181/00211915179815 or report to the nearest health facility and get a reward of SPP 5000..

The details of the cash reward are as follows;

  • A person coming forward with a un-emerge guinea worm will received SSP 5,000.
  • A person coming forward with guinea worm that has already emerged from the person’s body or after the blister has ruptured will receive SSP 2,500
  • A person giving information that informs the programme about a case of guinea-worm disease will receive SSP 1000.

Summary for 2015

In 2015, a total of 5 new cases were reported from five villages in five counties, a 93% reduction compared with the 70 cases reported from 37 villages in four counties in 2014.

Of the 5 cases, 2 were reported to have been contained. Cases reported in South Sudan accounted for 23% of the global cases in 2015.

The cases were distributed as follows:

  • Eastern Equatoria State
    • Kapoeta East County (1 case)
  • Lakes State
    • Awerial County (1 case)
    • Yirol West County (1 case)
  • Warrab
    • Tonj East (1 case)
  • Western Bhargazal
    • Jur River (1 case)

A total of 10 060 rumours or suspected cases were reported during 2015, of which 98% were investigated within 24 hours and 3 were confirmed as dracunculiasis cases.

During 2015, 64% of non-endemic counties provided reports for 9 out of 12 months, even if zero cases were reported.

Most guinea-worm transmission occurs during the period June–September.

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Last update:

21 June 2016 10:00 CEST