And then there were four: more countries beat guinea worm disease

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 26 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c496
  1. Michelle Lodge
  1. 1New York

    The number of countries remaining affected by guinea worm disease, or dracunculiasis, fell by two last year, leaving just four countries in Africa that continue to harbour the waterborne parasitic disease.

    Provisional figures collected by the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Research, Training and Eradication of Dracunculiasis indicate that Nigeria recorded no cases at all and Niger no indigenous cases of the disease in 2009. Success is especially welcome in Nigeria, which recorded the world’s largest number of cases between 1988 and 1989, when 653 620 people in 5879 villages were affected by the painful and debilitating disease.

    That leaves Sudan, Mali, Ghana, and Ethiopia with just over 3100 indigenous cases of the …

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