WHO Region of the Americas Eliminates Measles (27 September 2016)

In a landmark achievement, the WHO Region of the Americas has become the first WHO Region to eliminate Measles.

The achievement marks the culmination of a 22 year effort to eliminate measles through mass vaccination campaigns throughout the Americas.

Measles is the fifth vaccine-preventable disease to be eliminated from the Americas, after the regional eradication of smallpox in 1971, poliomyelitis in 1994, and rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in 2015.

Useful Links:

Link to the news release:


Link to WHO fact sheet on Measles (updated March 2016):


Link to WHO position paper on measles vaccines:


Link to WHO’s fact file on measles:



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