Sri Lanka has eliminated measles, interrupting transmission of the indigenous virus that causes the killer childhood disease, the World Health Organisation said today (9 July).
“Sri Lanka’s achievement comes at a time when, globally, measles cases are increasing. The country’s success demonstrates its commitment and the determination of its health workforce and parents to protect children against measles,” WHO South-East Asia Regional Director Dr. Poonam Singh said.
Sri Lanka reported its last case of measles caused by an indigenous virus in May 2016.
Sri Lanka is the fourth country in the WHO South-East Asia Region after Bhutan, Maldives and Timor-Leste to eliminate measles and control rubella.
Sri Lanka achieved rubella control last year, along with five other countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Timor-Leste.