Perspective: Measles in the 21st Century

New England Journal of Medicine
May 10, 2012  Vol. 366 No. 19

Measles in the 21st Century
E. Kim Mulholland, M.D., Ulla Kou Griffiths, M.Sc., and Robin Biellik, Ph.D.
N Engl J Med 2012; 366:1755-1757May 10, 2012

This article has no abstract; the first 100 words appear below.
Barely 20 years ago, such a high proportion of childhood deaths globally was attributable to measles that the going estimate of more than 1 million measles-related deaths per year was almost certainly an underestimate. Pediatric wards in the developing world were filled with patients with measles and its complications, and measles continued to be a major cause of blindness globally. All this occurred despite the remarkable progress that had been achieved during the 1980s in bringing routine immunizations, including a single dose of measles vaccine, to the poorest countries of the world, culminating in the achievement of the global Universal . . .