China measles incidence drops to record low

According to Deng Haihua, a Health Ministry spokesman, China has made major progress in measles prevention as the incidence rate for measles has dropped to a record low in the past 11 months.
The country reported 9,976 measles cases by the end of November, which is down 73.6 percent from the same period last year. The measles incidence rate dropped to 7.5 cases per one million people, Xinhua reports.
China ranked first in the world for years in terms of measles incidence rates prior to 2010, which compelled the country to enhance prevention measures.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that infects cells that line the back of the throat and lungs. This highly infectious disease causes fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body.
Patients tend to recover after a few days of bed rest, but in rare cases, measles can result in complications such as pneumonia or even brain damage, resulting in death.
Measles spreads through the air by coughing, breathing or sneezing. It is so contagious that it is likely that any child exposed to measles without immunity will get the disease. Measles kills approximately 200,000 people each year around the world.