Malawi first country in southern Africa to eliminate Trachoma

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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