Dracunculiasis

Ethiopia

Status for the period January–June 2014

The Ethiopian Dracunculiasis Eradication Program reported 2 new cases after 12 months of reporting zero cases since the last guinea-worm case reported in June 2013 from Abobo District, Gambella Region.

The cases in 2014 were reported from Wichini village in Atheti Kebele, Gog District in Gambella Region.

All cases were male and all were contained. Health education was provided and people were strictly told not to enter into any water source. There is a need to instal a borehole in Wichini village.

2-day training on case definitions, prevention, the cash reward system and reporting, Ethiopia 2014

During January–June 2014, 1357 rumours were reported.

The Ethiopian Dracunculiasis Eradication Programme offers a cash reward of Birr 1000 [about US$ 58] for voluntary reporting of dracunculiasis cases and for complying with the case containment measures. Please report to the nearest health facility.

Summary for 2013

A total of 7 cases from five villages in three woredas in Gambella Region were reported in 2013 from:

  • Abobo Woreda, Gambella Region
    • Batpoulo village (3 cases)
    • Terchiru village (1 case)
    • Umaha village (1 case)
  • Itang Woreda
    • Ojwom village (1 imported case from Abobo)
  • Gog Woreda, Gambella Region
    • PRC Agnuak refugee camp (1 case)

Five of the 7 cases are adult males. Of the 7 cases, 4 were contained. A total of 893 rumours were reported and investigated in 2013 of which more than 99% (891) were investigated within 24 hours and 6 were confirmed as dracunculiasis.

In 2013, 149 villages were under active village-based surveillance.

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Last update:

2 September 2014 11:17 CEST