Kenya Close to Guinea Worm Free Certification

Kenya Close to Guinea Worm Free Certification

Following comprehensive evaluation by the International Certification Team (ICT), Kenya is close to achieving Guinea worm free certification. Guinea Worm Disease, also known as Drancunculiasis, is characterized by blistering that erupts with Guinea worms. The disease is considered a neglected tropical disease (NTD).

The certification team found no evidence of no evidence of Guinea worm transmission in the last three years in Kenya, and found adequate disease surveillance in the country. ICT will present its recommendations to the International Commission for the Certification of Drancunculiasis (Guinea Worm) Eradication (ICCDE). ICCDE will determine Kenya’s guinea worm free certification status in February 2018 in Geneva.
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