By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Officials with the Chinese National Health Commission announced they are applying for World Health Organization (WHO) malaria eradication certification today.

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This comes after not seeing a locally-acquired malaria case since 2017–four consecutive years and counting.

According to WHO standards, certification of malaria eradication can be granted to a country that has seen no transmission of the disease for three consecutive years, has established a well-supported system of malaria detection and containment and has made practical plans for prevention.

Li Bin, deputy director of the National Health Commission said the country has gained abundant expertise and experience in malaria control and elimination over the years, which includes the discovery and use of artemisinin.

China will continue to strengthen cooperation for malaria eradication with African countries. Li added.

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