Measles cases surge, with young children and infants the most at risk

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The WHO and the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC; GA, USA) reveal that in 2018, more than 140,000 people died from measles worldwide. Most deaths were among children under five, who are at high risk of measles infection. Outbreaks were seen in all regions, with lowest-income countries affected the most.

Although measles is easily preventable by administering two vaccine doses, efforts have halted over the last 10 years. To protect against outbreaks, WHO has advised that 95% vaccination coverage is needed in each country. However, in 2018, 86% of children worldwide received the first vaccine dose and fewer than 70% received the second.

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