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The Americas Becomes First Region of World to Eliminate Measles

The Pan American Health Organization says endemic measles has been eliminated from the Americas — all the countries in North, South and Central America. The achievement comes after years of intense efforts to vaccinate children under the age of five. Countries in Latin America reported their last endemic cases of measles in 2002. A country is considered disease-free if there have been no new cases for three years, and the report had to be certified by the International Committee of...

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