Perspective: Measles in the 21st Century

New England Journal of Medicine
May 10, 2012  Vol. 366 No. 19
http://content.nejm.org/current.shtml

Perspective
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 . . .