STOP the SPOTS: Threat of Measles Outbreaks Growing Worldwide

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Since 2000, measles vaccination efforts have prevented over 25.5 million deaths.

Graph showing deaths prevented by vaccination and number of deaths still occurring.

The graph zooms in, showing that deaths are rising from 2018 – 2019.

But progress stalled from 2018-2019. Over 207,500 children died from measles in 2019 alone.

A world map appears, with pulsing red dots over many countries around the world, showing countries at increased risk of measles outbreaks: Samoa, Djibouti, Suriname, Panama, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Azerbaijan, Lesotho, Belize, Dominican Republic, Republic of Moldova, Brazil, Indonesia, Kiribati, El Salvador, Grenada, Jordan, India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Philippines, Angola, Mexico, Afghanistan.

Then COVID-19 happened, and measles vaccination coverage further declined in 2020. [red dot] Countries at increased risk of measles outbreaks.

We must move fast to vaccinate children before the highly contagious measles virus spreads within communities, causes outbreaks… and crosses borders.

World map, showing a plane leaving from Western Asia and flying into the United States. The plane’s flight path draws a line indicating the measles virus is travelling across borders. Other outbreaks pop up over Africa and South America and a red line indicates the measles virus is spreading across borders within the continents.

CDC works to protect communities and save lives from vaccine-preventable diseases, like measles.

Close up image of a young child looking at the camera with the CDC logo on a vehicle behind him.

cdc.gov/globalhealth/measles. Global Immunization Division. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Page last reviewed: July 26, 2021
Content source: Global Immunization