Dracunculiasis eradication

Dracunculiasis eradication: “on the threshold of a historic achievement”

Health worker applying temephos (Abate) in a pond to kill water fleas
that carry larvae which develop into adultworms in humans/WHO

26 September 2019 | New | York Geneva -- WHO and The Carter Center have called for renewed commitment, funding and support to address “last mile” challenges towards the eradication of dracunculiasis (Guinea-worm disease).

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York today, both organizations highlighted the need to accelerate work in concluding the three-decades-old eradication programme. New pledges were announced.

Eradicating dracunculiasis: Angola confirms second human case, strengthens surveillance

14 March 2019 | Geneva -- A second human case of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease) has been confirmed in a 48-year-old woman in Cunene province of southern Angola, after the country reported its first case in April 2018.
Angolan authorities are implementing heightened surveillance in anticipation of accelerated search in the area to which access is somewhat restricted.
Disease surveillance is also being increased along the border with Namibia.

Eradicating dracunculiasis: Ethiopia’s Gambela region announces new measures to stop transmission

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26 February 2019 | Geneva -- Health and rural development officials in the Gambela region of Ethiopia are determined to interrupt the transmission of dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease), including on "investment farm" where migrant workers are employed.
In 2017, an outbreak on a commercial farms resulted in 15 human cases.
Last year, Ethiopia reported zero human cases after decades of low-level transmission. However, 17 Dracunculus medinensis infections were reported in animals.

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

©Marinovich L.

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.

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