Measles is a highly contagious viral disease whose common complications include pneumonia and diarrhoea. Death may occur in up to 5-10% of infected young children in developing countries. The eliminating measles and rubella fact sheet provides a detailed description of measles symptoms, complications, transmission, prevention and other related issues.
Rubella is also a contagious viral disease, but milder than measles. However, when rubella infects a pregnant woman during the first half of her pregnancy, there is danger of fetal death or severe birth defects that especially affect the eyes, ears, heart, and brain.
The Western Pacific Region has committed to achieving elimination of both measles and rubella in every Member State, and is making steady progress to this important milestone and achievement. Measles and rubella can be effectively prevented through two doses of a safe and effective combined vaccine. Through years of effort to ensure every child is protected through vaccination, rates of these diseases have decreased and in 2017 reached their lowest level ever.
8Member States have eliminated measles as of 2017: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Hong Kong (China), Macao (China), Japan, Republic of Korea & New ZealandData source:
37Number of Member States that have committed to achieving measles and rubella elimination through the new Regional strategyData source:
Lowest number of measles cases ever
9,938Number of reported measles cases in the Western Pacific in 2017Data source:
Data and statistics
- Regional health leaders target elimination of: measles and rubella; HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis in babies
Meetings and events
Sixth Annual Meeting of the Regional Verification Commission for Measles Elimination in the Western Pacific
26th Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Immunization and Vaccine-preventable Diseases in the Western Pacific Region