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Published on Mar 3, 2012
Worldwide the number of measles deaths fell by 78% between 2000 and 2008, from an estimated 733 000 in 2000 to 164 000 in 2008. Today, measles still kills globally nearly 450 people every day or 18 deaths every hour. In case of Somalia, the death rate has fallen drastically, but still thousands of people children are dying each year. Samples of suspected measles cases from across Somalia are collected and confirmed by the laboratory investigation units in Hargeisa, Garowe and Mogadishu. Since 2005, Somalia has known a reduction of more than 75% in the number of measles cases.