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A Milestone for the Americas: Paraguay Is Malaria Free

Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, professor-in-residence of epidemiology and community health sciences, was quoted by Univision in an article about the World Health Organization certifying Paraguay as malaria free.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

This week the World Health Organization certified that Paraguay is the first country in the Americas to eradicate malaria in the last 45 years. This represents a milestone in the fight against this parasitic dissease that's transmitted via mosquitoes and that, although doesn't cause as much commotion as Ebola or tuberculosis, causes 445,000 preventable deaths a year. 

The case of Paraguay proves malaria can be eliminated with a successful public health strategy. The United States also hasn't had any endemic cases since 1961. In 2016, the World Health Organization identified 21 countries that have the potential to eliminate malaria by 2020, among them, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salavador, Mexico and Surinam. 

Read more on Univision.