Dracunculiasis

WHO certifies Ghana free of dracunculiasis

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ICT member verifying absence of infection in a village in Ghana in July 2013

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–October 2014
 

115cases compared with 139 cases for the same months in 2013, a decrease of 17%

Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–August 2014

Total number of cases in 2013
 

148cases reported during 2013, compared with 542 in 2012, a decrease of 73%

Analysis of situation and trends

Endemic countries in 2014
 

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

Certification

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