WHO certifies Ghana free of dracunculiasis

ICT member verifying absence of infection in a village in Ghana in July 2013
WHO/G. Biswas

16 January 2015 | Geneva –– Ghana has become the latest country to be certified free of dracunculiasis (also known as guinea-worm disease).

The decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) follows a recommendation of the International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis, which during its meeting of 14-15 January 2015, unanimously concluded interruption of transmission in Ghana.

Only four countries in Africa – Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan – are currently reporting cases of dracunculiasis. For the whole of 2014, a total of 126 cases were reported to WHO, compared with 148 in 2013.

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January 2015

Zerocase compared with 1 case for the same month in 2014

Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–August 2014

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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