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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 194, January 12, 2010
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    January 12, 2010
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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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    At the end of December 2009, Nigeria completed thirteen consecutive months with ZERO indigenous cases of dracunculiasis (guinea worm disease), thus having stopped transmission of the terrible disease after centuries and generations of untold suffering. Once home to more cases of dracunculiasis than any other country in the world, having enumerated 653,620 cases in 5,879 villages in 1988/89, Nigeria now celebrates this mighty triumph as the country also prepares to mark the Golden Jubilee of its political independence on October 1, 2010 (Figure 1). The final Nigerian patient was a 65 year-old woman in Ezza Nkwubor village of Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State whose worm emerged at a Case Containment Center on November 11, 2008. Her village experienced a surprise outbreak that was discovered in 2006 and continued into 2007 before being extinguished in November 2008.

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