CDC Says Measles ‘Imminent Threat’ To World

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At a glance

  • CDC and WHO claim measles is “an imminent threat in every region of the world,” as it is one of the most contagious human viruses — though it is also entirely preventable through vaccination.
  • In 2021, a record high of nearly 40 million children missed their first or second measles vaccine dose, meaning they are either not at all or partially vaccinated against the virus.
  • The CDC and WHO said there were an estimated 9 million measles cases and 128,000 deaths from the virus worldwide in 2021.
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