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S. Korea certified for measles elimination

2017/10/11 16:00

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SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Yonhap) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified South Korea for successfully eliminating the measles for more than 36 months, Seoul's health authorities said Wednesday.

South Korea is the first country in the Western Pacific Region to receive this distinction, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

Measles kills approximately 330 people globally every day, mostly children under the age of five, making this a significant achievement, officials said.

The certification was decided during a regional WHO meeting in Beijing last month, they said.

Since 2009, more than 230 million children have been immunized against the measles through mass vaccination campaigns in the region. Globally, more than 1 billion people have benefited from routine immunization and mass healthcare campaigns.