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03 Jan 2019 | 08:32 AM UTC

Uzbekistan: WHO certifies malaria-free status

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WHO declares Uzbekistan malaria-free as of December 2018

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/14/2018, 12:00 AM until 1/15/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Tashkent). COUNTRY/REGION Uzbekistan

Event

The WHO declared Uzbekistan malaria-free as of December 2018. The Uzbek government, along with international organizations, increased investment in combating the disease in 2000 by providing detection, diagnosis, and treatment efforts free of charge.

Context

The Uzbek government first eliminated malaria in 1961, although the disease was reintroduced due to its prevalence in neighboring states. Uzbekistan became the second country in 2018 to be declared malaria-free by the WHO, with Paraguay gaining the status in June.

Advice

Individuals in or planning travel to Uzbekistan are advised to stay abreast of local epidemiological developments and consult their doctor regarding vaccination options.

 

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