November 12, 2020: Global Measles Surge
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Global Measles Surge
Progress toward measles elimination targets has stalled leading to a sharp increase in the number of new infections, the highest number reported in 23 years, and a tragic rise of 50% from 2016 to 2019 in measles deaths.
To regain progress, countries must reach and maintain ≥95% coverage with two doses of measles-containing vaccine, quickly identify missed children and close growing immunity gaps due to recent disruptions in immunization services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Progress Towards Regional Measles Elimination
Measles vaccination has saved more than 25.5 million lives globally since 2000, but progress has stalled leading to record-high increases in the number of new infections and measles deaths.
Worldwide Measles Deaths Climb 50% from 2016 to 2019 Claiming Over 207,500 Lives
Measles surged worldwide in 2019 reaching highest number of reported cases in 23 years.
Ethiopia Moves Forward with Mass Measles Vaccination Campaign during COVID-19 Pandemic Protecting 14.5 Million Children
Ethiopia was the first large country, out of only 86 globally thus far, to conduct a mass measles vaccination campaign in 2020 during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic – and lessons learned there will help shape what is done elsewhere.
Global Measles & Rubella Social Media
Download and share social media graphics that highlight new global measles data and key takeaways.
Nov. 12, 2020:
Measles Deaths Soared Worldwide Last Year, as Vaccine Rates Stalledexternal icon
The New York Times
Nov. 12, 2020:
Global Measles and Rubella site
CDC’s Global Immunization Division
Mar. 5, 2020:
What It Will Take to Achieve a World Without Measlesexternal icon
The Journal of Infectious Diseases
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