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Measles deaths fell by more than 90% worldwide from 2000 to 2008, except in southern Asia

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 08 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5362
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    The United Nations’ goal to achieve a 90% fall in measles mortality between 2000 and 2010 has been achieved in all World Health Organization regions except its South-East Asia region, experts from the international partnership the Measles Initiative said last week.

    The fall in the number of deaths in Africa reached 92% from 2000 to 2008, but in the WHO South-East Asia region, which includes heavily populated nations such as India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh, the decline was only 46%. Consequently the total decline worldwide was 78%.

    “Delayed implementation of …

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