The number of measles cases in the Western Pacific Region of the World Health Organization as a whole is down significantly through the first six months of 2015 compared to the same period last year.
The latest data from the UN health agency shows that this area of Asian-Pacific region has seen a decrease in measles cases from nearly 141,000 cases from Jan. 1 to June 30 2014 to just 104,000 for the same period this year.
Some countries have seen little difference from 2014 to 2015 like China (83,205 vs 79,499), while other countries have seen huge differences.
The one nation that has seen a huge increase in measles this year is Mongolia. During the first six months of 2014, they reported a mere 86 cases. Contrast this to the same period in 2015 where Mongolia has reported 17,580 cases. This is up from approximately 3,000 cases reported on May 31.
This comes just a year after Mongolia was one of four Western Pacific countries to earn this distinction of being declared measles-free. The Measles Elimination Verification Certificate from the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office requires a case-free streak of three years.
It has been 5 years since Mongolia reported a measles outbreak.
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