Many countries have controlled malaria, but can it be eradicated?

Children being vaccinated with RTS malaria vaccine in Gisambai, Kenya, March

Children being vaccinated against RTS,S malaria in Gisambai, Kenya, March

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42 countries or territories are certified malaria-free by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is primarily due to the use of mosquito nets and insecticides and efficient diagnosis and treatment of parasitic conditions.

However, global eradication of malaria is not trivial, as climate change creates new breeding grounds for malaria-carrying mosquitoes, and effective vaccine availability is too costly for many countries.

Estimated 247 million, 619,000 …

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