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Measles cases and deaths are increasing worldwide, say WHO and CDC

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 20 November 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2733
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

The world faces a growing measles crisis with cases and deaths rising, the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have said in a joint report.12

From 2021 to 2022 measles cases increased internationally by 18% and measles deaths by 43%, they said.

WHO and CDC are founding members of the Measles and Rubella Partnership, a global initiative to stop the two diseases. It aims to increase vaccine coverage, especially for the most vulnerable communities, and to …

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