Mali and South Sudan report high number of dracunculiasis cases

A health worker explaining to children how to avoid dracunculiasis transmission, Mali

17 December 2014 | Geneva –– New cases of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) continue to emerge in Mali as the security situation improves, bringing the cumulative total to 32 as of the end of October 2014.

During October, 13 cases emerged as the Malian Guinea-worm Eradication Programme extended surveillance of the disease in areas that were difficult to access and from where most of these cases are emerging.

Overall, from January until the end of October, a total of 115 confirmed cases were reported from the four endemic countries – Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan.

For full details, see country situation.

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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


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