STOP the SPOTS: Threat of Measles Outbreaks Growing Worldwide

Updated November 23, 2022

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[A smiling mother lifts her child up in the air.]

Since 2000, measles vaccination efforts have prevented over 56 million deaths.

But progress stalled in 2019.

[A world map appears, with pulsing red dots over many countries around the world, showing countries at increased risk of measles outbreaks: Angola, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, and Tanzania.]

Then COVID-19 happened, and measles vaccination coverage further declined in 2020 and 2021.

[Red, pulsing dots fade from the map and the map fades into the background.]

There were 128,000 deaths from measles in 2021 alone, mostly in children.

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

[The world map is shown again, with a plane traveling from one side of it to the other, leaving symbols of a virus in its trail.]

[A backpack, vest, and baseball-style cap, all with CDC logos and one with the “CDC Global Rapid Response” patch, are piled up on the ground at the edge of a river.]

CDC works to save lives and protect communities from vaccine-preventable diseases like measles.  Global Immunization Division. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Follow @CDCGlobal on social media.

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