The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that Argentina was free from malaria after three consecutive years without cases, the second country in America to overcome the disease in 45 years after Paraguay.
Algeria, the country where the disease is killed about 400,000 people a year was also declared free from malaria by the WTO. Although the World Health Organization has declared 38 countries free of malaria since 1955, the fight against the disease has slowed down because carriers mosquitoes have rejected insecticides and other weapons to go to # 39 address them.
Venezuela is one of the countries that have seen a strong rise in malaria cases because its health system is suffering the effects of hyperinflation and recession. In 2017, there were 406,000 cases of malaria in Venezuela, about 69 per cent more than the previous year, the largest increase in the world, according to the World Health Organization.