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Measles and Rubella: Emergency Plan of Action to Be Implemented to Keep the Americas Free of These Diseases

2012-11-28 14:13:35

In order to keep the Americas free of measles, rubella, and congenital rubella syndrome, the countries of the Region agreed on an emergency plan of action to prevent the reintroduction of these diseases, which have already been eliminated in the Americas.

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Recommendation Calls for Exploring Collaboration between Public Vaccine Producers in the Americas

2012-10-25 15:01:41

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) on Vaccine-preventable Diseases has recommended that opportunities for collaboration between public vaccine producers in the Americas be explored with a view to incentivizing regional production in order to... 

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(September) Emergency Plan of Action to Maintain the Americas Free of Measles, Rubella, and Congenital Rubella Syndrome

2012-10-09 05:00:00

On 20 September 2012, ministers of health of the Region approved an emergency plan of action to keep the Americas free of measles, rubella, and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) at the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference. Given the continuing circulation of measles and rubella viruses in other regions of the world, countries of the Region continue to be exposed to high risk of virus importations. Moreover, some countries have reported weaknesses and failures in their national surveillance systems and routine immunization programmes, making them vulnerable to the reintroduction of viruses that can cause outbreaks.

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(April) 3rd Annual Meeting of the International Expert Committee (IEC) for Documenting and Verifying the Elimination of Measles, Rubella and CRS

2012-05-04 00:00:00

The International Expert Committee (IEC), responsible for documenting and verifying the elimination of measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) in the Americas, met on 29-30 March 2012, at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) headquarters. The objective of the meeting was to assess the progress achieved on this topic and to define the road map to sustain the elimination of these diseases in the Region. The Presidents and members of National Commissions along with health authorities from countries that reported sustained measles outbreaks and rubella cases in 2011 were also convened for an ad-hoc meeting with the IEC.

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