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CAPE TOWN, South Africa - In a rare public health success story on the world's most beleaguered continent, Africa has slashed deaths from measles by 91 percent since 2000 thanks to an immunization drive.
The Measles Initiative said Thursday that worldwide measles deaths fell from an estimated 757,000 to 242,000 between 2000 and 2006, a reduction of 68 percent made possible by the remarkable gains in Africa, which cut fatalities from an estimated 396,000 to 36,000.