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Sri Lanka declared malaria free

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5000 (Published 14 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5000
  1. Sanjeet Bagcchi
  1. Kolkata

Sri Lanka has been declared free of malaria by the World Health Organization, fuelling hopes that the disease will be eliminated in 34 other countries where it is endemic.

Sri Lanka has now completed three years with no locally transmitted cases, enabling it to be certified malaria free.

Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO regional director, said that the country’s achievement was “truly remarkable.”

“In the mid-20th century it was among …

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