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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 216, January 17, 2013
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    January 17, 2013
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    WHO Collaborating Center for Research, Training and Eradication of Dracunculiasis. ; Emory University. Carter Center ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.)
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    A world without guinea worm disease: the end is in sight.

    While it is not yet the end of Guinea worm disease (GWD), the world took another step towards the interruption of transmission of the disease globally during 2012. Only 542 cases of GWD were reported and fewer than 100 endemic villages remained. Ninety-six percent (96%) of the 542 cases were reported from South Sudan, and 21 cases from the other 3 remaining endemic countries; Chad reported 10, Mali 7, and Ethiopia 4 cases (Table 3, Figures 2 and 4). This is a reduction of over 99.99% from the 3.5 million cases estimated in 1986, when The Carter Center began leading the eradication campaign. Despite surveillance and implementation challenges, progress towards eradication of GWD in South Sudan, as reported below, continued to accelerate thanks to the hard work and tenacity of its Guinea worm warriors and leadership of its director, Mr. Makoy Samuel Yibi. Since 2008, when South Sudan Guinea Worm Eradication Program reported 3,618 cases and 947 villages with endemic transmission in 28 counties, cases have been reduced to 521, endemic villages to 76, and endemic counties to 8, as of the end of 2012 (Figure 1).

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