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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
December 18, 2013

Guinea Worm Cases Declining

JAMA. 2013;310(23):2498. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.283905

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.

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