Status for the period of January to March 2013
In the first quarter of 2013, six cases were reported from six villages in Kapoeta East County, Eastern Equatoria State. Only two of the six cases were contained. Five of the six cases were reported as imported from outside of the village where the case was detected. During the same period of 2012, 61 cases were reported from 43 villages in South Sudan.
42 rumours were reported and investigated, none was confirmed as dracunculiasis.
Summary for 2012
During 2012, a total of 521 new cases were reported from 255 villages in 9 counties – including 166 villages reporting only cases imported from other villages. 336 out of 521 cases were reported to have been contained. Cases reported in South Sudan accounted for 96% of the global cases in 2012. Kapoeta East county in Eastern Equatoria State accounted for 81% of cases reported in South Sudan and more than 77% of all cases reported globally.
The cases reported in South Sudan in 2012 represents a reduction of 49% compared with the 1028 cases reported in 2011.
The distribution of cases by State and county is as follows:
- Eastern Equatoria state
- Kapoeta East (420 cases)
- Kapoeta North (28 cases)
- Kapoeta South (4 cases)
- Jonglei state
- Pibor (24 cases)
- Lakes state
- Awerial (7 cases)
- Warrab state
- Gogrial East (30 cases)
- Tonj North (6 cases)
- Tonj South (1 case)
- Western Bahr el Ghazal
- Jur River (1 case)
During 2012, 100% of endemic counties and 91% of non-endemic counties reported on the disease, even if zero cases were reported.
Most of the transmission occurs during the periodMarch–August.