If current trends continue, reported cases of dracunculiasis, commonly called Guinea worm, could reach a historic low in 2013.
Recent data show that in countries where dracunculiasis is endemic, cases decreased by 77%, from 393 during January to June 2012 to 89 during the first 6 months of this year. Based on reports from last year, when three-fourths of all cases occurred from January to June, health officials expect that fewer than 150 will be reported by the end of this year.
Guinea Worm Cases Declining. JAMA. 2013;310(23):2498. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283905