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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 149, December 17, 2004
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    December 17, 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.)
  • Description:
    Mali reports – 57% fewer cases; 66% containment.

    During January – November 2004, Mali has reported 344 indigenous cases of dracunculiasis, which is a reduction of -57% from the 801 indigenous cases reported during the same eleven months of 2003. At the same time, the number of villages reporting one or more cases decreased from 188 to 113. However, only 19 of the 113 localities that reported cases so far in 2004 reported 5 or more cases each. Those 19 localities reported 181 cases or 53% of all cases in January – November 2004 (13 localities in Ansongo District, 3 in Gao District, and 3 in Gourma Rharous District). A majority of the 19 localities were located in an area of insecurity in 2003. In the 14 localities that reported cases in both 2003 and 2004, however, the number of cases reported was only reduced from 141 in 2003 to 127 in 2004 – a reduction of only 10%. 93% of all Mali’s cases of dracunculiasis thus far in 2004 were reported from three contiguous districts in southeastern Mali: Gao, Ansongo and Gourma Rharous. 80% of the cases were reported to have occurred in Black Tuaregs. 66% (258) of the cases were reportedly contained.

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