Status for the period January–November 2013

A total of 4 new cases were reported for the month of November 2013, making a cumulative total of 11 cases reported from 8 villages in four districts in 2013:

  • Ansongo District, Gao Region
    • Agaitafa village (1 case)
    • Banguir village (1 case)
    • Kamgala village (1 case)
    • Tanzikratene village (3 cases)
  • Djenné District, Mopti Region
    • Kouakourou village (1 case)
  • Kidal District, Kidal Region
    • Etambar village (2 cases)
    • Iclahane village (1 case)
  • G. Rharous district, Timbuktu Region
    • Nanguaye village (1 case)

Of the 11 cases, 7 cases were contained; 45% of the cases were adult females.

Of the 54 rumours that were reported and investigated in 2013, 51 (94%) were investigated within 24 hours; 7 cases were confirmed as dracunculiasis.

Summary for 2012

During 2012, Mali reported 4 cases, compared with 12 cases during 2011, a reduction of 67%.

The cases in 2012 were reported from 3 localities in three districts. Of the four cases, three were reported contained.

The distribution of cases by region and district is as follows:

  • Mopti Region
    • Djikolo village, Djenne district (1 case)
  • Segou Region
    • Kaminidio village, Macina district (1 case)
  • Kidal Region
    • Koniba/Takalot village, Kidal district (2 cases)

All three villages have no known records of dracunculiasis in the recent past. The source of infection of 2 patients from the villages of Djikolo and Kaminidio reported in 2012 is not well understood. Three cases reported in Tillabéry town of Niger were allegedly imported from Mali.

In Mali, the peak of dracunculiasis transmission season is from June to November. This is the time when movement of population occurs and actions to ensure detection and containment of all cases have to be stepped up.

A nationwide cash reward of CFA 20 000 (about US$40) is offered for the voluntary reporting of dracunculiasis cases. Please report to the nearest health facility.


Last update:

27 January 2014 11:10 CET