Measles eliminated in 33 countries
WHO Europe is reporting the elimination of measles or rubella can be verified once a country has sustained interruption of endemic transmission for at least 36 months. The RVC verified that the following countries achieved elimination status as of 2016 for one or both diseases *:
- Denmark, Spain and the United Kingdom eliminated measles;
- The Republic of Moldova, Sweden and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia eliminated rubella;
- Croatia, Greece, Iceland, Lithuania, Montenegro and Uzbekistan eliminated both measles and rubella.
- Spain and United Kingdom achieved elimination status for rubella as of 2015
This is another great success for the vaccination program with Measles no longer endemic in 79% of the WHO European Region