WHO: Measles Deaths Decline, But Elimination Progress Stalls in Some Regions

January 24, 2013 by

The World Health Organization (WHO) released a report on January 17, 2013 showing that deaths due to measles decreased substantially between 2000 and 2011, though in 2011 a number of countries — including Pakistan, India, Ethiopia and France — experienced large measles outbreaks. From WHO:

The number of measles deaths globally decreased by 71% between 2000 and 2011, from 542 000 to 158 000. Over the same period, new cases dropped 58% from 853 500 in 2000 to 355 000 in 2011, according to new data released Thursday by WHO, a leading member of the Measles and Rubella Initiative. Although the WHO Region of the Americas1 has sustained measles elimination since 2002, and the WHO Western Pacific Region2 is on track to achieve elimination, large outbreaks of measles are jeopardizing progress in the remaining regions that have these goals.

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