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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 150, January 27, 2005
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    January 27, 2005
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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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    Uganda breaks transmission!!!

    Uganda recorded its first calendar year with no indigenous cases of dracunculiasis in 2004, having reported its last indigenous case in July 2003. CONGRATULATIONS, UGANDA! A total of 3 cases, all of them contained, were imported from Sudan into Uganda in 2004. The current National Program Coordinator of the Uganda Guinea Worm Eradication Program, Dr. Peter Langi, his predecessors, Dr. John B. Rwakimari and the late Dr. Gilbert Mpigika , and all their colleagues, as well as the people and political leaders of Uganda are to be congratulated on this historic achievement.

    The Ugandan Guinea Worm Eradication Program recorded 126,639 cases in 2,677 endemic villages of 16 districts during its national case search in 1991-2 (Figure 1). In 1993, Uganda reported the second highest number of cases in the world, 42,852, which was exceeded only by Nigeria (75,752 cases) that year.

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