What is the global incidence of measles?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Selina SP Chen, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Between 2000 and 2008, the number of worldwide measles cases reported to the WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) declined by 67% (from 852,937 to 278,358). During the same 8-year period, global measles mortality dropped by 78%. However, it is believed that global measles incidence and mortality remain underreported, with many countries, particularly those with the highest disease burden, lacking complete, reliable surveillance data. [26]

Since 2008, France has been experiencing an outbreak of measles, which has not yet begun to slacken. [27] Over the same period, outbreaks have also been occurring in the 46 countries of the WHO African Region. [28] Worldwide, most reported cases of measles continue to be from Africa.

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