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Paraguay — The World Health Organization has made an announcement that is being welcomed around the world. Paraguay is now officially free of malaria. With no recorded cases of malaria in five years, Paraguay becomes the first country in the region to eliminate malaria since Cuba did so in 1973.

“It gives me great pleasure today (June 11) to certify that Paraguay is officially free of malaria. Success stories like Paraguay’s show what is possible. If malaria can be eliminated in one country, it can be eliminated in all countries,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO, said in a statement.

Experts say a growing resistance to the sprays and drugs used to attack the mosquitoes that transmit the disease and the parasite that causes it is partly to blame.

Brian Randolph

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