Measles and rubella in Europe

Countries in the WHO European Region are continuing to eliminate measles and rubella both nationally and regionally. The European Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination (RVC) reports that 37 of the 53 Member States in the Region (70%) had interrupted endemic measles transmission by the end of 2015 and 35 of them (66%) had also interrupted endemic rubella transmission. Of these countries, 27 sustained interruption for at least 36 months and are therefore considered to have eliminated one or both of the diseases. These conclusions indicate that measles is endemic in 4 fewer countries and rubella is endemic in 2 fewer countries than in the previous year. Progress is also reflected in a lower number of measles and rubella cases reported through routine surveillance in the Region in 2016 than in previous years.

For more information about European reduction in measles and rubella on the euro.who.int website