W.H.O.: More Contagious Than Covid-19, Measles Deaths in 2019 Highest in 23 Years

With a drop in vaccination rates, public health experts fear that the impact of the coronavirus pandemic this year could further increase deaths from this highly contagious disease.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Measles deaths worldwide reached their highest level in 23 years last year. The data is based on a report released on Thursday, November 12th, by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States.

The increase is striking for a vaccine-preventable disease, and public health experts fear the disease may grow as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt immunization and detection efforts.

The global count in 2019 - 207,500 deaths - was 50 percent higher than three years earlier, according to the survey. In . . .

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