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The Pan American Health Organization certified Uruguay as the only country in Latin America free of Triatoma infestans as a public health problem. The insect that transmits Chagas disease, known as the kissing bug, lives in mud huts, especially in rural areas and affects 40,000 people in the country. The President Mujica advocated for the public to be alert to continue in this status and relapse. More on: Uruguay is the first country in Latin America free of the insect that transmits Chagas disease (in Spanish)

Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 11:38


Growing up without parasites

Intestinal parasites are a threat to child growth and development. They cause malnutrition, anemia and other illnesses that lead to absenteeism and poor performance in school. In Latin America and the Caribbean, 46 million children are at risk. Watch this video to learn more about parasites from three students who received preventive treatment as part of a campaign carried out by the Honduran government with support from PAHO/WHO and Canada.

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