28 August 2015 | Geneva –– The decline in the number of guinea-worm disease cases continues, with fewer confirmed reports during the first 7 months of 2015.
WHO has received reports of 12 cases from January until July 2015, compared with 52 cases reported during the same period in 2014.
South Sudan, which until the end of May 2015 had reported zero cases, has now reported 3 cases. The combined total from the three other endemic countries – Chad, Ethiopia and Mali – is 9 cases.
12cases compared with 52 cases for the same months in 2014Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–June 2015
Total number of cases in 2014
126cases reported during 2014, compared with 148 in 2013, a decrease of 15%Analysis of situation and trends
Endemic countries in 2015
4endemic countries (Chad, Ethiopia, Mali and South Sudan) compared with 20 in 1990Certification