• First country in Americas to eliminate disease in 45 years
  • WHO: ‘Success stories like Paraguay’s show what is possible’

Paraguay is officially free of malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, making it the first country in the Americas in 45 years to have wiped out the deadly disease which is back on the rise globally.

Nearly half a million people – most of them babies and children in Africa – died in 2016 from mosquito-borne malaria, while at least 216 million were infected, an increase of 5% over 2015, WHO said.

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