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Article
December 17, 1982

Elimination of Measles

JAMA. 1982;248(23):3093. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330230015006

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Abstract

To the Editor.—  The elimination of measles as an indigenous disease in this country seems now to be within our reach. By the time this letter is in print, we may have seen at least one week in which no cases of indigenous measles were reported in the United States.We could not have arrived at this point in our campaign to eliminate measles without the strong support and cooperation of The Journal readers. My purposes in writing are to acknowledge that support—to bring my colleagues up to date on the status of the campaign and to ask for their continued help in the months ahead as we work to make the elimination of measles a permanent reality.During the past two decades, we have reduced the occurrence of this once common childhood disease from 500,000 cases a year to, last year, just more than 3,000 cases. In the first

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