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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
February 26, 2003

Accelerated Measles Control—Cambodia, 1999-2002

JAMA. 2003;289(8):977-979. doi:10.1001/jama.289.8.977

MMWR. 2003;52:4-6

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Cambodia is recovering from approximately 30 years of civil war that resulted in the breakdown of the country's public health infrastructure.1 In 1999, the Ministry of Health initiated a measles-control program with the goal of reducing the annual incidence of measles to <10,000 cases in 2005 by strengthening measles surveillance, improving routine vaccination coverage, implementing supplementary measles immunization activities (SIAs), and providing vitamin A during outbreak investigations and SIAs. This report summarizes measles-vaccination activities and their impact in reducing reported measles cases from 13,827 in 1999 to 1,234 in 2002 and suggests options for future measles-control efforts in postconflict situations.