Around the World: Measles & Rubella Initiative

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The Measles & Rubella Initiative is a collaborative effort between renowned groups such as the American Red Cross, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, United Nations Foundation and World Health Organization. The goal is to work toward the worldwide elimination of measles and congenital rubella syndrome affecting children. 

Measles is one of the most contagious diseases ever known and is a significant cause of death and disability among young children worldwide. The measles virus will infect anyone who is not protected. To raise awareness about this disease, the Measles & Rubella Initiative has created an online Measles and Rubella Map. The interactive map displays areas at risk for the disease and areas currently experiencing an outbreak. Users can read information pertaining to disease outbreaks and vaccination campaigns by clicking on specific countries. Currently, measles outbreaks are occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Yemen, Nepal and Laos.

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Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

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