Earlier this week the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 6,500 measles cases have been reported in Europe.  As noted in our earlier post, France is reporting much higher numbers than other countries, but Spain and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are in a distant second and third.

As with so many infectious diseases, there is a vaccine available to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the infection.  This is one of the many reasons that 180 countries will be recognizing World Immunization Week starting on April 23rd under the auspices of the World Health Organization. Some of the WHO regions will be focusing on general messaging, such as Europe’s focus on “shared solutions to common threats”, while some will be more specific — Africa will focus on vaccinating for polio.  

Another commemorative day on the global health calendar is World Malaria Day, Monday, April 25th. The event serves as an opportunity for the Roll Back Malaria (RMB) Partnership to check progress and renew efforts towards their aggressive goal to eliminate malarial deaths by 2015.

Do you follow or support any of these (or other) disease elimination campaigns? We’d like to hear about them.


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