More than 140,000 people worldwide died from measles last year, most of them younger than 5
(CNN) As the number of measles cases continued to soar, more than 140,000 people across the globe died from measles last year, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
Most deaths were among children younger than 5, according to WHO.Read more
Measles outbreak in Samoa kills dozens of children, puts island nation in holiday lockdown
(Reuters) Vaccine coverage was low when measles took hold, WHO says
The small Pacific island nation of Samoa has closed schools and is restricting travel ahead of the holiday season as the death toll from a measles outbreak tops 50 in the latest flare-up of a global epidemic of the virus.
The vast majority of the dead are children under four years old, according to a government update. Read more
DR Congo measles: Nearly 5,000 dead in major outbreak
(BBC) Measles has killed nearly 5,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2019, authorities said, after the disease spread to all the provinces in the country.
Close to a quarter of a million people have been infected this year alone.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says this is the world's largest and fastest-moving epidemic.Read more