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Venezuela Making Progress Toward Eliminating Onchocerciasis

“Less than a year after Colombia eliminated onchocerciasis from its borders, its neighboring country, Venezuela, is making similar strides in the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). … The People’s Ministry of Health of Venezuela (MPPS) and the PAHO country office will now begin the three-year surveillance stage. If no new cases are found during the three years, Venezuela can begin the process for certifying the elimination of onchocerciasis,” Raquel Corona-Parra of the Global Network for NTDs writes in the group’s blog (4/23).

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