Dracunculiasis

South Sudan

Status for the period January–November 2013

A total of 3 new cases were reported for the month of October 2013, making a cumulative total of 113 cases reported from 79 villages in 2013. Zero cases were reported for the month of November 2013. During the same period in 2012, 520 cases were reported from 254 villages in South Sudan.

The cases in 2013 were reported from:

  • Eastern Equatoria State
    • Kapoeta East County (77 cases)
    • Kapoeta North County (5 cases)
    • Kapoeta South County (3 cases)
  • Jonglei State
    • Nyirol County (1 case)
    • Pibor County (12 cases)
    • Urol Country (1 case)
  • Lakes State
    • Awerial County (9 cases)
  • Northern Bahr el Ghazal State
    • Aweil West County (1 case)
  • Warrap State
    • Gogrial East County (3 cases)
    • Tonj East County (1 case)

Of the 113 cases 76 ( 67%) were contained.

Provisionally, zero cases were reported for the month of December 2013.

During January–September 2013, 306 rumours were reported and 287 (94%) of them were investigated within 24 hours; none was confirmed as dracunculiasis.

Summary for 2012

During 2012, a total of 521 new cases were reported from 255 villages in 9 counties – including 166 villages reporting only cases imported from other villages. 336 out of 521 cases were reported to have been contained. Cases reported in South Sudan accounted for 96% of the global cases in 2012. Kapoeta East county in Eastern Equatoria State accounted for 81% of cases reported in South Sudan and more than 77% of all cases reported globally.

The cases reported in South Sudan in 2012 represents a reduction of 49% compared with the 1028 cases reported in 2011.

The distribution of cases by State and county is as follows:

  • Eastern Equatoria state
    • Kapoeta East (420 cases)
    • Kapoeta North (28 cases)
    • Kapoeta South (4 cases)
  • Jonglei state
    • Pibor (24 cases)
  • Lakes state
    • Awerial (7 cases)
  • Warrab state
    • Gogrial East (30 cases)
    • Tonj North (6 cases)
    • Tonj South (1 case)
  • Western Bahr el Ghazal
    • Jur River (1 case)

During 2012, 100% of endemic counties and 91% of non-endemic counties reported on the disease, even if zero cases were reported.

Most of the transmission occurs during the period March–August.

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Last update:

27 January 2014 10:55 CET