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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 87, February 15, 1999
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    February 15, 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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    According to data supplied by the national coordinator, Dr. Aristide Paraiso, Benin reported a total of 695 cases of dracunculiasis in 181 endemic villages and hamlets in 1998. This represents a reduction of -19% from the 855 cases reported in 1997, and -15% from the 212 endemic villages and hamlets reported that year. Of the 181 endemic villages in 1998, 95 (52%) had only one case each. Oueme, which was the second-highest endemic department in 1997, reduced its incidence by -84% between 1997 and 1998 (from 110 to 18 cases)! The highest-endemic department, Zou, only reduced its incidence from 637 cases to 592 cases (-7%) in the same period. Zou Department reported 85% of all cases in 1998 (Figure 1 ). Djidja and Savalou subprefectures in Zou Department reported 56% of all Benin's cases in 1998, and 80% of all cases that year were reported from only 6 of the country's 77 subprefectures: Djidja, Savalou, Ouesse, and Bante in Zou Department, Pobe in Oueme Department, and Aplahoue in Mono Department (Figure 2 ). None of the 21 cases reported in Atacora in 1998 were indigenous to that Department. Six of the cases in Borgou and 2 of Atlantique's cases were imported. The annual numbers of cases reported by Benin in 1993-1998 are: 16,334; 4,302; 2,273; 1,427; 855; and 695, respectively.

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