Daily Current Affairs - July 10, 2020.
World Health Organisation(WHO) on 8th July announced that Sri Lanka and Maldives has eliminated both Rubella and Measles and became the first two countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to do this.
The announcement was made after the fifth meeting of the South-East Asia Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination.
The Committee comprises of eleven independent international experts in the fields of epidemiology, public health and virology.
A country is verified as having eliminated Rubella and Measles when no evidence of transmission of the viruses are seen for over three years in the presence of a surveillance system.