Global & Disaster Medicine

Eliminating measles globally


Patel MK, Dumolard L, Nedelec Y, et al. Progress Toward Regional Measles Elimination — Worldwide, 2000–2018. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:1105–1111. DOI: icon

What is already known about this topic?

In 2012, the World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Vaccine Action Plan; countries in all six World Health Organization regions have adopted goals to eliminate measles by 2020.

What is added by this report?

During 2000–2018, annual reported measles incidence decreased 66%, and annual estimated measles deaths decreased 73%. Since 2000, measles vaccination has prevented an estimated 23.2 million deaths globally. However, measles incidence increased in five regions during 2016–2018.

What are the implications for public health practice?

To achieve regional measles elimination goals, resource commitments are needed to strengthen routine immunization systems, close immunity gaps, and improve case-based surveillance.

The figure consists of three world maps showing reported measles incidence per 1 million population, by country, in the years 2000, 2016, and 2018.

The figure is a bar chart comparing the estimated number of deaths with and without measles vaccination for the years 2000–2018.

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