Sri Lanka and Maldives becomes first two countries to eliminate Rubella and Measles

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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.

Rubella and Measles

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.

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