Status for the period January–August 2016
As of August 2016, two cases have been reported from 2 villages:
- Gog woreda
- Olane village
- PRC-Agnuak village
All the cases were contained. All were male, one children and an adult.
Nine dogs and 2 baboon were infected with guinea worm from seven villages in Abobo, Agnua, and Gog woredas in Gambella region. 5 infected dogs were contained. 2 dogs known to be infected were allegedly got infected from another village.
From January to August 2016, 6393 rumours were reported; 99.95% were investigated within 24 hours.
Since 1996, the Ethiopian Dracunculiasis Eradication Programme has offered a cash reward for voluntary reporting of dracunculiasis cases and for complying with the case containment measures. In 2014, the award was increased from Birr 1000 [about US$ 58] to Birr 2000 [about US$ 116]. Please call toll free number 8335 or report to the nearest health facility and get reward of Birr 2000 for confirmed case of guinea-worm disease. .
Summary for 2015
In 2015, a total of 3 cases were reported from three villages (Akweramero Farm, Gop Fishing camp and Pugnido Refugee Camp (PRC) Agnuak) in two woredas in Gambella Region. All 3 cases were adult males; all cases were contained. A total of 8072 rumours were reported and investigated, of which more than 99% (8013) were investigated within 24 hours and 2 were confirmed as dracunculiasis cases.
In 2015, 68 382 communities were under active surveillance from 173 villages.