Measles is a contagious viral illness that impacts millions of children in the Western Pacific Region. Although a safe vaccine has been available since 1963, measles remains a leading cause of childhood preventable death and disability. It is estimated that 20 000-30 000 deaths in the Region are due to measles annually.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease affecting mostly children. It is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons. Initial symptoms include high fever, runny nose, bloodshot eyes, and tiny white spots on the inside of the mouth. Several days later, a rash develops, starting on the face and upper neck and gradually spreading downwards.