Measles Still a Threat, U.S. Health Officials Warn

Sporadic outbreaks caused by travelers to countries without vaccination programs, doctors say

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"Despite progress, measles remains a formidable enemy," he said, citing recent large outbreaks in Nigeria, Pakistan, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Many countries lack the resources to combat the problem, Strebel said. And according to the CDC, only one in five countries can quickly detect, respond to or prevent health threats caused by emerging infections.

Strengthening surveillance and lab systems, training disease detectives and increasing the ability to investigate disease outbreaks would make the world -- and the United States -- safer, the CDC said.

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To learn more about measles, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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