Authors: Sharon Salt, Future Science Group
The WHO has reported that measles cases have spiked in 2017, as multiple countries experienced severe and protracted outbreaks of the disease. Due to gaps in vaccination coverage, measles outbreaks were described in all regions, with an estimation of 110,000 deaths being related to the disease.
By utilizing updated disease-modeling data, the report provides the most comprehensive estimates of measles trends over the last 17 years. It illustrates that since 2000, over 21 million lives have been saved through measles immunizations. However, reported cases increased by more than 30% worldwide from 2016.