Commission applauds historic decline in human cases of guinea-worm disease

WHO team during surveillance mission in a village, South Sudan.

30 March 2016 | Geneva −− The International Commission for the Certification of Dracunculiasis Eradication (ICCDE) has acknowledged the unprecedented decline in the number of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) cases as a ‘major public health achievement’. In 2015, only 22 human cases, representing a remarkable 83% reduction, were reported to WHO, compared with 126 in 2014.
The Commission fully supported focused research aimed at resolving infections occurring in animals, particularly among dogs.

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January–February 2016

11 case compared with 1 case for the same months in 2015

Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–February 2016

Total number of cases in 2015

22cases reported during 2015, compared with 126 in 2014, a decrease of 83%

Analysis of situation and trends

Endemic countries in 2016

4endemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan) compared with 20 in 1990


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