U.S. Measles Outbreaks Highlight Global Need
American Red Cross, UN Foundation site trends indicating measles risk remains high
While this highly-contagious virus was eliminated from the Americas in 2002, imported cases trigger outbreaks among unvaccinated persons in
Despite the fact that a safe and effective measles vaccine costs less than
“As long as measles remains an issue for one nation, it remains a threat to all,” said
The Measles Initiative – a partnership led by the American Red Cross, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United Nations Foundation, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization – is working to address this problem.
The Initiative, formed in 2001, has invested
For additional information, the public can be directed to www.measlesinitiative.org.
Following are statements issued by the Measles Initiative technical advisors:
“Measles knows no borders but can be prevented worldwide for less than
“It is essential that all children – regardless of where they are born – have the opportunity to be vaccinated against measles, so that they can grow up healthier and without fear of this highly-contagious, but entirely preventable disease.”
SOURCE American Red Cross