Stalled immunisation rates leads to 140,000 measles deaths: WHO

The global number of reported cases is at its highest since 2011

A decade of stagnating vaccination rates is to blame for a global surge in measles that infected nearly 10 million people last year and killed 140,000, the WHO says.

Children in Samoa
Children wait for their measles vaccination in Samoa last month, after the jabs were declared mandatory. Photo: AAP

Provisional figures on the epidemic suggest the crisis is far from over, with the number of cases reported