South Sudan vows to interrupt dracunculiasis transmission amid continued decline in number of cases
23 May 2013 | Geneva
The Minister of Health of South Sudan says his country is determined to interrupt transmission of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease), as the number of reported cases continues to decline.
Although South Sudan has been reporting the majority of all cases, progress in implementing eradication measures there over the past two years means the world is on course to defeat the disease by 2015.
Cases – January–March 2013
6Cases from 1 January to 28 February 2013, compared with 61 cases for the same period in 2012Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases January–March 2013
Total cases for 2012
542Cases reported during 2012, compared with 1058 in 2011Analysis of situation and trends
Endemic in 2012
4 countriesEndemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan) compared with 20 in 1990Certification