The video and presentation slides including Beyond the Data from the June session of CDC’s Public Health Grand Rounds, “Working to Eliminate Measles Around the Globe,” held on Tuesday, June 16 are now available at http://www.cdc.gov/
Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can cause serious health complications. About 1 in 4 people in the US who get measles will be hospitalized, and globally 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care. Worldwide, an estimated 20 million people get measles and 146,000 people, mostly children, die from the disease each year. Yet measles can be prevented with a safe and effective vaccine.
Due to a highly effective vaccination program, measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000. However, in the past five years, global progress towards measles elimination has slowed and in some regions gains have been lost. Recent outbreaks show how easily measles can be brought into the US and other parts of the Americas by unvaccinated travelers who contract the virus while in other regions of the world. Progress can continue and measles elimination can be achieved, but it will require commitment from each country and support of efforts in all parts of the globe.
In this session of Grand Rounds we discussed the ways in which increased focus on field and laboratory surveillance, innovative vaccination solutions and investment of resources can accelerate progress towards the elimination of measles worldwide.
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Future Grand Rounds Topics
July – An Encore Presentation of Climate Change and Health – From Science to Practice
August – Adolescence: Preparing for Lifelong Health and Wellness
September – Preventing Suicide in the US: Opportunities and Challenges