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.
11 case compared with 1 case for the same months in 2015Monthly 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 1990Certification