Easier access in Mali provides renewed opportunities for dracunculiasis eradication

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Women collecting water from a village pond, Mali.

11 November 2014 | Geneva –– From January until the end of September 2014, WHO has received reports of 101 confirmed cases of dracunculiasis (also known as guinea-worm disease).

Improved contact with some previously inaccessible endemic areas in Mali are uncovering a number of cases.

From January to September 2014, Mali alone has reported 19 cases compared with 11 in 2013.

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January–September 2014

101cases compared with 120 cases for the same months in 2013, a decrease of 16%

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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