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Global Health
March 21, 2017

Zero Cases of Guinea Worm Disease in Mali

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JAMA. 2017;317(11):1109. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.1261

Mali reported no cases of Guinea worm disease (dracunculiasis) in 2016, according to provisional figures reported by the country’s ministry of health and tracked by the Carter Center. Worldwide, only 25 cases of the disease were reported in 2016 in 3 countries—Chad (16), Ethiopia (3), and South Sudan (6)—and these occurred in 19 isolated villages. The 2016 figure is up slightly from the 22 cases that occurred in 2015.

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