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Measles deaths rose globally by 50% from 2016 to 2019 – WHO, CDC

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Measles surged worldwide in 2019 reaching highest number of reported cases in 23 years. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Photo credit: AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI / Getty Images Highlighted in a publication by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measles cases worldwide increased to ...

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UNICEF, WHO demand emergency action to avert major measles and polio epidemics

Henrietta Fore

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday, November 6, 2020 issued an urgent call to action to avert major measles and polio epidemics as COVID-19 continues to disrupt immunisation services worldwide, leaving millions of vulnerable children at heightened risk of preventable childhood diseases. Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director The two UN organisations estimate that $655 million ...

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Measles epidemic hits Europe, claims 35 lives in 12 months

Zsuzsanna Jakab

Ongoing measles outbreaks in the World Health Organisation (WHO) European Region have caused 35 deaths in the past 12 months. The most recent fatality was a six-year-old boy in Italy, where over 3300 measles cases and two deaths have occurred since June 2016. Several other countries have also reported outbreaks which, according to national public health authorities, have caused 31 ...

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Bhutan, Maldives eliminate measles – WHO

Poonam Khetrapal Singh

Bhutan and Maldives have eliminated measles, a highly infectious disease that is a major childhood killer globally, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. The two countries have become the first in WHO South-East Asia Region to be verified for having interrupted endemic measles virus transmission, ahead of the 2020 Regional target. “Bhutan and Maldives have demonstrated how a highly ...

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Measles vaccine stock-out: Nigeria faces risk of under-five deaths

Nigeria faces a renewed risk of losing many children this year to vaccine preventable diseases, arising from potential vaccine stock out. In 2013, Nigeria experienced a major measles vaccine stock out resulting in the occurrence of 57,892 measles cases with 348 deaths. In 2012, the number of reported measles cases was 11,061, with 126 deaths. This represents more than 500 ...

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