Mexico Eliminates Trachoma
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the WHO regional office for the Americas, and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that Mexico has eliminated trachoma as a public health issue. Trachoma, which is caused by bacteria, affects the eye and repeated infections can lead to scarring and a loss of vision. Mexico is the first country in the Americas to actually eliminate trachoma as a public health issue. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), stated:
This is a historic moment for public health in Mexico and the Americas. Eliminating a disease is not achieved every day.
Trachoma affected over 146,000 people in Mexico, mainly children, and the efforts to reduce the disease began in 2004.
Mexico joins Oman and Morocco in being the only countries to receive validation from WHO for eliminating trachoma.
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