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Measles eliminated in SL

Sri Lanka has become the fifth country in the World Health Organisation (WHO) southeast Asia region to eliminate measles, interrupting the transmission of the indigenous virus that causes the killer childhood disease The Indian Express reported.

The elimination of a disease means that there have been zero new cases of the disease in the last three years.

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, regional director WHO South-East Asia, announced Sri Lanka’s measles-free status at the South-East Asia Regional Immunisation Technical Advisory group meeting on Tuesday. “Sri Lanka’s achievement comes at a time when globally measles cases are increasing. The country’s success demonstrates its commitment, and the determination of its health workforce and parents to protect children against measles,” she said.

The other countries in the region which have achieved this feat are Bhutan, Maldives, DPR Korea and Timor-Leste.