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Guinea worm wrap-up ; # 235, August 18, 2015
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    August 18, 2015
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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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    Guinea worm race: 2015 : will Chad be the last endemic country?

    Because it did not sustain adequate surveillance during the pre-certification period after it interrupted transmission in 2000, Chad may now become the last country to interrupt transmission of the disease (Figure 1). As of the end of July, Chad had reported 7 cases of Guinea worm disease (0% contained) and 387 infected dogs (70 % contained) so far in 2015: 231/283 (82%) dogs contained in 89 villages under active surveillance and 38/104 (37%) in 33 villages not under active surveillance (Figure 2). This is a reduction of 22% from the 9 human cases (56% contained) reported during the same period of 2014, and an increase of 322% from the 87 infected dogs (33% contained) reported for the same period of 2014. All 7 cases were 20 years old or less; 2 of them were female. The line-listing of this year’s cases is given in Table 1.

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