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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 103, July 21, 2000
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    July 21, 2000
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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:
    Nigeria’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program (NIGEP) has reported a provisional total of 444 cases in June 2000, which is a reduction of more than a thousand cases from the 1,510 cases the program reported in June 1999 (Figure 1). For the first half of 2000, Nigeria has reported 5,250 cases, or -35% fewer than in the same period of 1999 (8,041 cases). So far in 2000, the rates of reduction in the four geographic zones are: -83% (Northeast), -60% (Northwest), -50% (Southwest) and -1% (Southeast). After four years (1995-1998) of relative stagnation, NIGEP is newly energized, and Nigeria’s Guinea worms are on the defensive again. Southeast Zone, now lagging in its reduction rate, is expected to also realize sharp overall reductions soon. As is clear from Figure 1, the monthly rates of reduction for the country as a whole are increasing. Only 54% of this year’s cases so far have reportedly been contained, but the proportion of endemic villages with 100% of households having a cloth filter has been increased to 71%. Approximately 46% of endemic villages have at least one source of clean drinking water, 28% are using Abate, and essentially all are reportedly receiving health education about dracunculiasis.

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