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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 115, August 3, 2001
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    August 3, 2001
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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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    Countries outside of Sudan reduce cases by 39% in January-June 2001

    Led by Ethiopia (-93%), Niger (-83%), Mali (-71%) and Benin (-67%), the endemic countries remaining outside of Sudan have reduced the number of cases of dracunculiasis by –39% during the first six months of 2001, compared to the same period of 2000 (Figures 1 & 3, Table 1). It now appears that Niger will overtake Togo and may even blow past Cote d’Ivoire this year (Figure 2). If current trends continue, Benin Mali and Mauritania will join Ethiopia and Uganda among the countries that report less than 100 cases each in 2001. However, Benin, Mali, Mauritania and Niger all have some months of their 2001 peak transmission seasons still to come. Preliminary reports in Niger (peak season June-October) for July suggest that its pace-setting reductions will continue. Also noteworthy is that Ethiopia and Uganda each recorded five consecutive months of ZERO indigenous cases in December-April and November-March, respectively. The low rates of cases contained so far this year in some countries (Table 1) are major concerns, and the relatively high numbers of cases and endemic villages remaining in Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina Faso are big challenges as the global Guinea Worm Eradication Program aims to end all transmission of dracunculiasis outside of Sudan by the end of 2002.

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