Progress towards regional measles elimination – worldwide, 2000–2015

by Minal K. Patel, Marta Gacic-Dobo,a Peter M. Strebel et al.
Weekly Epidemiological Record, Vol. 91, 45
World Health Organization, 11 November 2016

This report updates the 2000–2014 report and describes progress towards global control milestones and regional measles elimination during 2000–2015. During this period, annual reported measles incidence declined by 75%, from 146 to 36 cases per million population, and annual estimated measles deaths declined by 79%, from 651,600 to 134,200. Nonetheless, none of the 2015 milestones or elimination goals were met. Countries and partners must act urgently to secure political commitment, raise the visibility of measles, vaccinate every child, strengthen surveillance, and mitigate the threat of decreasing resources for immunization when polio eradication is achieved.

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