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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 86, January 22, 1999
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    January 22, 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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    After three years of almost unchanged incidence (Figure 1), Ethiopia's Dracunculiasis Eradication Program (EDEP) expects to achieve a significant decrease in incidence of the disease in 1999, and it is going all-out to prevent any transmission from cases this year. The program reported zero cases in November 1998, which was its first month with zero cases since the program began. In 1998, 83% of all cases were reported from the region of South Omo, which borders Kenya and Sudan, and is home to the semi-nomadic, pastoral Nyangaton (Bume) people. The status of interventions in the thirty settlements that were considered endemic in the region in 1998 is summarized in Table 1. The program constructed six new rainwater catchment tanks among the nine most highly endemic villages of South Omo during 1998, with funding provided by the Government of Japan, UNICEF and Global 2000. Abate treatments of standing water sources were also increased in 1998. Although the EDEP reported an overall case containment rate of 96% in 1998,

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