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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 188, March 20, 2009
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    March 20, 2009
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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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    As we reminded all concerned in our January issue (Guinea Worm Wrap-Up #186), 2009 is the target year that was agreed in 2004 in which we are seeking to stop all transmission of Guinea worm disease (dracunculiasis). In that spirit we offer a critical summary of eradication activities in each of the six remaining endemic countries, based on the reports presented to the annual meeting of program managers of those programs that was held in Bamako, Mali on March 4-6.

    Guinea Worm Eradication Programs (GWEPs) reduced cases by 62% during 2006-2007 (from 25,217 to 9,585, a difference of 15,632 cases), and by 52% during 2007-2008 (from 9,585 to 4,619, a difference of 4,966 cases). The objective now is to stop transmission from all cases of Guinea worm disease (GWD) in 2009 so that zero cases are reported during 2010. The number of uncontained cases reported by country during 2008 is shown in figure 1. Most programs reviewed their activities in 2008 satisfactorily, but should now focus more on enhancing vigilance and interventions in 2009. Each of the six national Guinea Worm Eradication Programs needs to analyze its epidemiological data for 2008 and 2009, use the results of that analysis to anticipate

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