Volume 99, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



This report summarizes the status of the global Dracunculiasis Eradication Program as of the end of 2017. Dracunculiasis (guinea worm disease) has been eliminated from 19 of 21 countries where it was endemic in 1986, when an estimated 3.5 million cases occurred worldwide. Only Chad and Ethiopia reported cases in humans, 15 each, in 2017. Infections of animals, mostly domestic dogs, with were reported in those two countries and also in Mali. Insecurity and infections in animals are the two main obstacles remaining to interrupting dracunculiasis transmission completely.

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  • Received : 08 Mar 2018
  • Accepted : 10 Apr 2018
  • Published online : 04 Jun 2018

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