Number Of Global Measles Cases Up 31% In 2017; Gaps In Vaccination Coverage To Blame, WHO/CDC Joint Report Says

CNN: Measles cases surged globally in 2017 due to gaps in vaccine coverage, health agencies say
“Measles cases around the world surged 31 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to a new report jointly published by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…” (Thomas, 11/29).

New York Times: As Measles Surges, ‘Decades of Progress’ Are in Jeopardy
“…The increase in measles, a highly contagious scourge that had been nearly eradicated in many parts of the world just a few years ago, was ‘deeply concerning,’ the organizations said in a report on the fight to eradicate measles…” (Gladstone, 11/29).

TIME: Measles Cases Spiked Worldwide Last Year Due to ‘Gaps in Vaccination Coverage’: New Report
“…The fact that measles cases are surging even in countries that had largely eliminated the disease suggests that reluctance to getting the vaccine may be to blame, according to health officials. ‘Gaps in vaccination coverage’ resulted in 110,000 deaths, according to the WHO…” (Ducharme, 11/29).

Additional coverage of the measles report is available from CIDRAP News, NBC News, Reuters, and VOA News.

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