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Measles Deaths Worldwide Fall by 74 Percent

by Pat Coate | December 06, 2008
"In developing countries, measles is greatly feared ... In fact, in many of these places, a child is not even given a name until they survive measles. So our work can spare a mother the agony of losing a child."
- Athalia Christie, American Red Cross spokesperson

Geneva, Switzerland - Health officials say aggressive efforts to vaccinate young children against measles have resulted in a 74 percent global decline in the number of deaths due to the illness. Experts say the biggest decline, 90 percent, occurred in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Global health officials say that from 2000 through 2007, the number of measles deaths worldwide dropped from 750,000 to 197,000.

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