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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Angola confirms second human case, strengthens surveillance
Eradicating dracunculiasis: Ethiopia’s Gambela region announces new measures to stop transmission
Eradicating dracunculiasis: Chad and South Sudan continue to report human cases
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Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–June 2019
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