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February 26, 2015
WHO calls for vaccinations against European measles epidemic
Copenhagen (AFP) Feb 25, 2015
The World Health Organization on called on European nations Wednesday to step up vaccinations against the highly contagious measles virus after an outbreak of over 22,000 cases across the continent since 2014. "We must collectively respond, without further delay, to close immunisation gaps," said Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO's Europe director. "It is unacceptable that, after the last 50 years' efforts to make safe and effective vaccines available, measles continues to cost lives, money and time." Accord ... read more

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US to withdraw troops from Ebola mission in West Africa
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