Singapore has eliminated measles, and Australia, Brunei Darussalam, and Macao SAR (China) have eliminated rubella as public health problems, the World Health Organization (WHO).
Over 41 000 children and adults in the World Health Organization European Region have been infected with measles in the first six months of 2018, exceeding the total number for this period for 12 month totals reported for every other year this decade.
Two countries of World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Region, DPR Korea and Timor-Leste, were verified for eliminating measles, and six countries certified for controlling rubella and congenital rubella syndrome, two years ahead of the target year 2020.
The Philippines Department of Health has launched “Ligtas Tigdas,” a program to curb the spread of measles through free vaccination among infants and children aged six months to five years.
After a decades-long vaccination campaign, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Latin America free of measles in 2016, but two years later an outbreak in Venezuela is threatening that achievement.
People at three US airports may have been exposed to measles this month by infected air passengers returning from abroad.
Measles affected 21,315 people and caused 35 deaths in 2017.
Eradicating measles would save 22 million lives by 2030, but to succeed, we might need to learn how to eradicate other diseases first.
Korea has been certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the first country in the Western Pacific region to eradicate rubella.
To contain the outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) is planning a nationwide immunization campaign for November 2017 that will target 4.2 million children.