Region of the Americas is declared free of measles
The Region of the Americas is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, including pneumonia, blindness, brain swelling and even death.
This achievement culminates a 22-year effort involving mass vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella throughout the Americas.
Infectious diseases continue to pose a major public health threat in South Sudan. Adding to the chronic burden of disease, regular outbreaks further threaten people's health.
In a conflict setting, WHO and partners are responding to multiple outbreaks including cholera, malaria, measles, suspected hemorrhagic fever, and kala-azar.
One of the largest emergency vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa has begun in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo as WHO and partners work to curb a yellow fever outbreak that has killed more than 400 people and sickened thousands more. Working with Ministries of Health in the 2 countries, WHO is coordinating 56 global partners to vaccinate more than 14 million people against yellow fever in more than 8000 locations.
In a new position paper published in today’s edition of the Weekly Epidemiological Record, WHO recommends that countries should consider introduction of the dengue vaccine CYD-TDV or Dengvaxia® only in geographic settings where epidemiological data indicate a high burden of disease.