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2007: a review of notable public health issues

A child being given measles vaccination
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Measles rates plunge, children gain

Measles deaths in Africa fell by 91% between 2000 and 2006 following mass vaccinations of children during the period, reported WHO and other partners of the Measles Initiative. The spectacular public health gains translated into a 68% decline of measles deaths worldwide. The next focus is on countries in South Asia, which now have the highest rates of measles deaths.

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