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Surveillance guidelines for measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in the WHO European Region

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World Health Organization, European Region

Cover of publication: Measles/rubella surveillance in Europe

Publication details

Number of pages: 48
Publication date: 2009
WHO reference number: EUR/08/5082738

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Overview

Measles and rubella remain important causes of vaccine-preventable diseases in the WHO European Region. Key strategies were identified to meet the targets for interrupting the transmission of indigenous measles and rubella and preventing congenital rubella infection, and strengthening surveillance systems to include vigorous case investigation.

Laboratory confirmation is one of these key strategies. Surveillance guidelines for measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in the WHO European Region are intended to provide technical advice on the design and implementation of surveillance programmes for these diseases in line with the elimination goal. Surveillance indicators defined in these guidelines will be critical for assessing whether Member States have achieved the level of disease surveillance necessary for monitoring progress towards eliminating the transmission of indigenous measles and rubella and verifying that the Region’s elimination objectives have been reached.

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