Americas free of measles

The World Health Organization recently announced that the disease measles has been eliminated from the Americas (that’s North, Central, and South America). This makes the Americas the first region in the world to be measles-free. It is thanks to vaccination against measles that the disease was eliminated. Measles is a highly contagious viral disease than can lead to severe health problems. Here is a video about measles and another about vaccines.

 

 

Image Credits: https://www.vaccines.gov for the measles graph
Sources: http://www.paho.org, http://www.who.int/, Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell