Global measles cases and deaths increase in 2022
The World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report a 18% increase in global measles cases to nine million in 2022. Deaths rose by 43% to 136,000, mostly affecting children in low-income countries. Canada saw a rise in cases, with three active cases and 10 reported in 2023. Declining vaccination rates and pandemic-related hesitancy are blamed. WHO reports 83% first-dose and 74% second-dose global vaccine coverage.