Latest on Guinea Worm Eradication:
No cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in January 2013. This is the first time that there have been no cases reported worldwide in a single month since the eradication campaign began collecting surveillance data in 1981. Additionally, this is the first zero-case month for South Sudan. The program has made great strides from 3.5 million cases annually in the mid-1980s to 542 cases in 2012. Global eradication is within reach.
Guinea worm disease, considered a Neglected Tropical Disease, is caused by the parasite Dracunculus medinensis. The disease affects poor communities in remote parts of Africa that do not have safe water to drink. There is no drug treatment for Guinea worm disease nor a vaccine to prevent it.
MMWR (06/10/2011): Renewed Transmission of Dracunculiasis --- Chad, 2010
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