WHO certifies Sri Lanka malaria free

Posted on:06 Sep 2016 09:44:41
WHO certifies Sri Lanka malaria free
06 September 2016 Current Affairs: Sri Lanka was declared malaria-free on 5 Sep 2016 and will get a certificate from the World Health Organization on September 6.

It is the second country to eradicate malaria in the region after Maldives, which has been free of the disease since 1984.

The last locally-transmitted case in Sri Lanka was in October 2012, with the island nation bringing down malaria from 264,549 cases cases in 1999 to zero in November 2012.

The certification will done at the 69th session of Regional Committee For South East Asia in Colombo.

Malaria is a parasitic disease transmitted to people through the bite of infected female anopheles mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, headache, chills and vomiting.

How Sri Lanka won the war against malaria.

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