Second meeting of the European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination. Summary report
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AbstractAll countries in the European Region have committed to eliminating measles and rubella by 2015. To evaluate progress toward this goal, the 2nd meeting of the European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC) was held from 28 to 30 October 2013 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The RVC reviewed information submitted by the national verification committees for measles and rubella elimination (NVC) from the 34 countries that submitted reports, and decided on the status of interruption of measles and rubella as of the end of 2012. The RVC concluded that based on reports submitted and as of the end of 2012, endemic measles transmission had been interrupted in 16 countries and endemic rubella transmission had been interrupted in 19 countries. However, in a number of countries where measles and/or rubella endemic transmission has been interrupted, there is risk of re-established endemic transmission mainly due to significant immunity gaps in the population (6 countries both for measles and rubella). In addition, in a number of countries the RVC was not able to verify interruption of measles (9 countries) or rubella (7 countries) transmission mainly due to insufficient or inadequate surveillance data to review. Improvements to the annual status report (ASR) submission and review process and feedback to countries was discussed. The RVC urged those countries still lacking NVCs to establish them as a matter of urgency, and to compile and submit their data annually.
Unknown author (2014). Second meeting of the European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination. Summary report. WHO Regional Office for Europe. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/136410
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