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Measles declared eradicated in the Americas

The World Health Organization on Tuesday declared the region of North and South America to be free of measles, a highly infectious virus that used to kill 500,000 children across the world every year. "It is the result of a commitment made more than two decades ago when the countries of the Americas committed themselves to ending measles at the turn of the century," Dr. Carissa Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization, said at a press conference, pointing to aggressive vaccination measures.
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