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The Americas declared the first region to eliminate the measles

As it was with smallpox, polio, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome, the Americas has become the first region in the world to eliminate measles. The announcement was made this week during the 55th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), crediting mass vaccination over the last few decades. But while no new cases are originating in the region, officials warned that measles can still be brought in from overseas, meaning vaccination efforts need to be maintained to keep the disease under control.
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