Genetically modified mosquito larvae glowing with fluorescent markers. (Dr. Yuemei Dong, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health via AP)
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Paraguay is officially free of malaria, the World Health Organization (WHO) said 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 five percent over 2015, WHO said.With no recorded cases of malaria in five years, Paraguay became the first country in the region to have eliminated malaria since Cuba in 1973, the WHO said. In 2016 the WHO identified Paraguay as one of 21 countries with the potential to eliminate malaria by 2020 .
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