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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 93, August 9, 1999
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    August 9, 1999
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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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    Côte d’Ivoire’s Guinea Worm Eradication Program has achieved a reduction of –77% in reported cases of dracunculiasis during the first half of 1999 (248 indigenous cases in January-June 1999 vs. 1,069 cases during the same period of 1998) (Figure 1). The months of peak transmission in Côte d’Ivoire are January-June; in 1998, the program reported a total of 1,414 cases for the entire year. According to monthly reports by the national program coordinator, Dr. Henri Boualou , 235 of this year’s 250 cases so far have been reported from only five sanitary districts: Seguela (67 cases; reduced 86% from 490 cases in January-June 1998), Daloa (52; increased 1200% from 4 cases), Zuenoula (46; reduced 77% from 204 cases), Bouna (41; increased 127% from 18 cases) and Bondoukou (29; decreased 83% from 172 cases). The increase in cases in Bouna is especially noteworthy. Thirty-seven (37) of that district’s 41 cases were reported in June 1999, when a total of only 49 cases were reported for the whole country. The rate of endemic villages reporting in 1999 is 98%, and 82% of this year’s cases were reportedly contained (Figure 2, Table 1). So far this year, two cases have been imported: one each from Burkina Faso and Ghana. Global 2000 consultant Ms. Cyndi Stover is assisting the GWEP to assess the status of dracunculiasis in Bouna and Daloa this month.

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