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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 129, January 15, 2003
  • Published Date:
    January 15, 2003
  • Language:
    English
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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:
    Sudan: fewer cases reported, preparing for peace

    Sudan is expected to report a total of about 35,000 cases of dracunculiasis in 2002, which would be a reduction of – 30% from the 49,471 cases which it reported in 2001, despite similar rates of reporting from endemic villages (66%, 63%) in the two years (Figure 1). Much of the reported reduction in cases is from the areas controlled by the Government of Sudan in the south (-68%), compared to the areas controlled by the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the south (-15%) of the country. The reasons for the substantial reduction in reported cases are not entirely clear, but this is the largest such reduction reported since Sudan’s program intensified during the “Guinea Worm Cease Fire” in 1995: reported cases fell by –17% in 2000 and by –10% in 2001. In January-October 2002, the northern states have reported 57 indigenous cases, plus 27 cases imported from villages in the south of the country. In addition to the cases exported to northern Sudan, endemic areas in southern Sudan have exported 50 cases to Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya in January-November 2002.

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