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WHO declares Cape Verde free of malaria

This 2014 photo made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a feeding female Anopheles funestus mosquito   -  
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Cape Verde malaria free.

The West African archipelago of nine islands was officially certified by the international body during a live ceremony on Friday, which was attended by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Cape Verde Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva welcomed the milestone.

"For a country in which tourism is its main economic activity, the elimination of malaria is the elimination of a constraint on mobility, the elimination of a perception and the reinforcement of sanitary confidence," said Silva.

The historic milestone makes Cape Verde only the third country in the African region to achieve elimination status of the disease, following Mauritius and Algeria.

According to the WHO, Africa carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden.

In 2022, the region was home to 94% of malaria cases (233 million) and 95% (580,000) of malaria deaths.

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