Dracunculiasis eradication

Eradicating dracunculiasis: Chad intensifies national campaign as ninth human case is confirmed

©WHO/F. Agum. Treating water bodies with temephos (cyclopicide)
is part of measures to control and eliminate dracunculiasis in Chad.

6 September 2017 | Geneva −− Chad - the only country which has reported human cases of guinea-worm disease so far this year - has launched a national campaign to accelerate the prompt detection and containment of all cases. ‘Heroes of Guinea-worm campaign’ aims to speed up reporting of all humans and animals infected with Dracunculiasis medinensis (the Guinea worm).

From 1 January to 31 July 2017, all nine human cases have occurred in Chad.

Dracunculiasis eradication: aggressive vector control to accelerate interruption of transmission

© WHO

29 May 2017 | Geneva −− The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on countries where dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) is endemic to expand the treatment of all water bodies with the cyclopicide, temephos.

Application of temephos in surface water is known to kill the water fleas (cyclops) that carry the infective guinea-worm larvae.
WHO’s call comes as the world enters the “last mile” in eradicating the first parasitic disease of humans. Until the end of April, only four human cases have been reported to WHO.

Chad reporting fewer dracunculiasis infections in dogs

Dracunculiasis in Chad
© Carsten ten Brink

15 May 2017 | Geneva

The decreasing number of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) infections in dogs in Chad indicates that enhanced control and surveillance measures, supported by a robust education campaign, are working.

The World Health Organization recommends that control measures should be combined with treatment using cyclopicide of all water bodies surrounding affected villages and neighbourhoods.

Dracunculiasis eradication: Mali reports zero cases in 2016

© A. Poyo / CDC / The Carter Center

11 January 2017| Geneva –– In 2016, a total of 25 human cases of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mali – one of the four countries with 5 human cases in 2015 – has, for the first time, reported zero cases.

Dracunculiasis certification: evaluation missions assess readiness level in three countries

© Arsenie Coseac

15 December 2016 | Geneva −−WHO has conducted dracunculiasis evaluation missions in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan to assess level of readiness to finalize dossiers ahead of formal certification visits.

And, as 2016 wraps up, 23 cases of confirmed human cases have been reported from three of the four countries currently endemic for the disease.


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