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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 146, September 27, 2004
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    September 27, 2004
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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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    Ghana’s cases fall by more than 40% in July and August

    Ghana has reported 258 and 115 cases in July and August 2004, which represent reductions of –46% and –43% for those two months, respectively, compared to the same two months of 2003, when the program reported 474 and 203 cases. This is the first time since April 2002 that the program has recorded two successive months of such significant declines in reported incidence of dracunculiasis. It is also the first time in many months that Ghana has reported a cumulative decline in cases for the year, which is now – 2% for the period January-August 2004 (6,036 vs. 6,145). Three of the four districts that reported large outbreaks earlier in 2003 (Nkwanta, Savelugu-Nanton, Tolon-Kumbungu) have now reported reductions in cases for at least two or three successive months each. Ghana’s overall case containment rate in 2004 so far now stands at 63%. The vice-president of Ghana was obliged to cancel his intended visit to Nkwanta District in early September, but all of the endemic villages in that district which had received boreholes this year under the Government of Ghana’s HIPC initiative, now have hand pumps installed and clean drinking water flowing from all of those new wells as a result of preparations for the vice president’s visit. Sudan has not yet reported its cases for August, but as of now Ghana has reported 56% of all cases worldwide in 2004, whereas Sudan has reported 36% of all cases.

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