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“The challenge is to find ways to make measles campaigns happen in countries with weak systems,” he said.

Berman said it would be hard to dramatically improve the 74 percent drop in measles deaths and that it would probably plateau.

WHO’s Strebel said just maintaining the decline in measles still requires a major effort. He added experts are not ready to set any eradication deadlines.

“Let’s wait until we get a bit closer to the top of the mountain before we say if we can get there,” he said.