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Annual Deaths From Measles Drops Below 100K For First Time, International Agencies Announce

Reuters: Global measles deaths fall, but elimination goals far off
“Annual deaths from measles dropped below 100,000 worldwide last year for the first time, to 90,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international agencies said on Thursday…” (Kelland, 10/26).

U.N. News Centre: Measles deaths fall, but world still far from eliminating disease — U.N.-backed report
“… ‘We have seen a substantial drop in measles deaths for more than two decades, but now we must strive to reach zero measles cases,’ said Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, in a joint statement on Thursday for the Measles and Rubella Initiative (MR&I)…” (10/26).

VOA News: Experts Say Measles Victims Dropped Below 100,000 in 2016
“…The WHO says ‘far too many children’ — about 20.8 million — have not had their first measles vaccine dose. Most of those children live in Nigeria, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The disease puts children at risk of developing complications such as pneumonia, diarrhea, encephalitis, and blindness…” (10/26).

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