A Record-Breaking Year for Measles

From January to June of this year, the world reported 364,808 measles cases—more than any year since 2006, the WHO reports.

Key Findings:

  • DRC, Ukraine and Madagascar report the most cases.
  • Europe’s nearly 90,000 cases already exceeds cases recorded for all of 2018 (84,462).
  • The US reports its highest measles case count in a quarter century.

Most of the countries with the highest case counts have low vaccination rates, the WHO says—but even countries boasting high coverage rates are seeing more cases.


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