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.

Global Measles Surge

Progress Towards Regional Measles Elimination

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.

Ethiopia Moves Forward with Mass Measles Vaccination Campaign during COVID-19 Pandemic Protecting 14.5 Million Children

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.

Global Measles & Rubella Social Media

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.

One Health in the U.S. and Around the World

Global Measles & Rubella Social Media

Download and share social media graphics that highlight new global measles data and key takeaways.

Global COVID-19 Updates
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Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Services During COVID

Developing a framework for assessing and managing individual-level risk

Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Surveillance During COVID

Global COVID-19

New on the Web

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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Content source: Global Health