CDC’s MMWR Addresses Guinea Worm Disease, Challenges To Interrupting Transmission

CDC’s “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report”: Progress Toward Global Eradication of Dracunculiasis — January 2018-June 2019
Donald R. Hopkins and colleagues from the Carter Center, with colleagues from the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Dracunculiasis Eradication at the CDC, discuss the status of global dracunculiasis (Guinea worm disease), including an overall decrease in human cases since 1986 but a recent increase in human cases in three countries, as well as cases among dogs. The piece’s summary states, “Existence of infected dogs, especially in Chad, and impeded access because of civil unrest and insecurity in Mali and South Sudan are now the greatest challenges to interrupting transmission” (11/1).