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Dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease). Heightened surveillance: the key to eradication

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Published on Aug 27, 2012

Dracunciliasis, more commonly known as guinea-worm disease, is on the verge of eradication. The number of cases has dropped by more than 99% from almost 3.5 million in 1986 to 1058 in 2011.

Today, only four countries in Africa remain endemic for guinea-worm disease.

Success against guinea-worm disease has been achieved through a strong partnership between governments of endemic countries and a number of organizations.

Although the number of reported cases of transmission has significantly decreased, the struggle to eradicate guinea-worm disease remains a challenge.

WHO is now calling for heightened surveillance and containment of all cases to ensure humankind is free of a scourge that perpetuated the cycle of poverty and hardship for centuries.

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