Malawi first country in southern Africa to eliminate Trachoma

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Malawi first country in southern Africa to eliminate Trachoma

Recently Malawi has become the first South African country to eradicate trachoma.

India eradicated trachoma in the year 2017.

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), active trachoma is considered to be eliminated when the prevalence of active infection in children below 10 years of age is less than 5%. Trachoma is an eye infection. This disease is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis.
  • It is an infectious disease. It spreads through contact with secretions from the eyes, eyelids and nose or throat of an infected person.
  • It is responsible for blindness or visual loss in about 9 million people.

Source- The Hindu

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