After a Successful Decade, Global Fight Appears Stalled

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Science  27 Apr 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6080, pp. 407
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6080.407

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It's not just Europe that has trouble getting measles under control. A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Pennsylvania State University estimates that global measles deaths declined dramatically between 2000 and 2007, thanks in part to a new partnership called the Measles Initiative. But since 2007, the numbers have essentially remained flat. The report, published in The Lancet this week, estimates that 139,000 children died of measles in 2010—an impressive 74% reduction since 2000, but short of WHO's goal of 90%.