Dracunculiasis eradication

Eradicating dracunculiasis: Chad and South Sudan continue to report human cases

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13 November 2018 | Geneva -- A total of 21 human cases of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) have been reported for the period 1 January – 30 September 2018. These include 11 cases from Chad, nine from South Sudan and one from Angola.

WHO has also received reports of 999 animals infected with Dracunculus medinensis - the worm that causes guinea-worm disease - for the same period. These include 993 dogs, 11 cats and 1 baboon.

Disease surveillance confirms presence of dracunculiasis in Angola

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29 June 2018 | Geneva | Luanda -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has received confirmation of the first human case of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) in Angola.

The specimen was sent for laboratory tests and results have confirmed it as Dracunculus medinensis - the worm that causes guinea-worm disease.

Angola was not known to have had any cases of guinea-worm disease in the past.

Eradicating dracunculiasis: Chad to integrate approaches to tackle transmission

1 June 2018 | Geneva -- Chad has announced it is considering the deployment of all existing eradication strategies to break the transmission of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) in humans and in animals.
From January to April this year, Chad is the only country that has reported 3 human cases, along with 409 infections in dogs.
Among ‘last-mile’ difficulties, eradicating guinea-worm disease has experienced a major challenge – and the hurdle seems to be with animals.

Eradicating dracunculiasis: human cases occur only in Chad, but increased dog infections

14 May 2018 | Geneva −− Three confirmed human cases of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) have been reported to WHO – all of them from Chad which is the only country so far this year that has seen transmission in humans.

Cases of infection in dogs have also spiked, despite an increase in the treatment of ponds and other eligible water bodies with cyclopicide.

Dracunculiasis eradication: South Sudan claims interruption of transmission in humans

Dr Riek Gai Kok, Minister of Health, announcing end of transmission
of Guinea-worm disease in South Sudan

21 March 2018 |Geneva| Atlanta–– South Sudan has announced success in interrupting transmission of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) in humans – more than 12 years after becoming the last country to implement the global dracunculiasis eradication programme.

The Carter Center, WHO’s main partner in dracunculiasis eradication efforts, has led activities to eradicate the disease since 1986, along with the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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