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Global Health
January 22, 2019

Measles Cases Rise Around the Globe

JAMA. 2019;321(3):238. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.21622

Although measles vaccination has saved more than 21 million lives since 2000, reported measles cases increased worldwide by 31% from 2016 to 2017 in large part because of falling vaccination coverage, according to a recent report on the progress of global measles control from 2000 to 2017.

Despite the gains—a drop in measles deaths from more than 500 000 to fewer than 110 000 and an 83% decline in the annual incidence of measles since the turn of the century—outbreaks have occurred in almost every region of the world.