WHO certifies five more countries as dracunculiasis-free
6 December 2013 -- The world is getting closer to becoming free from dracunculiasis with the decision by the World Health Organization (WHO) to certify five additional countries - Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Nigeria Somalia and South Africa.
WHO has certified a total of 197 countries, territories and areas.
One of the largest and longest campaigns to eradicate dracunculiasis has been in Nigeria, which was once the most endemic country worldwide reporting more than 650 000 cases annually.
Cases reported to WHO: January–September 2013
129compared with 522 cases for the same period in 2012, a decrease of 75%Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases January–September 2013
Total number of cases in 2012
542cases reported during 2012, compared with 1058 in 2011, a decrease of 49%Analysis of situation and trends
Endemic countries in 2012
4 countriesendemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan) compared with 20 in 1990Certification