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In 2010 the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) embarked on the process of verifying elimination of measles, rubella and congental rubella syndrome (CRS) in the Americas. In 2015 PAHO announced that rubella and CRS were eliminated, but not measles. What factors have enabled rubella and CRS elimination? How is measles different? Is it feasible to eliminate measles in the Americas? And if we succeed, can the Americas sustain measles elimination? In this presentation, Dr. Crowcroft will address these questions and discuss the implications for Canada and Ontario.
Presenter: Dr. Nastasha Sarah Crowcroft
Natasha Crowcroft provides leadership for Applied Immunization Research, a cross-organizational scientific initiative, at Public Health Ontario. Formerly PHO’s Chief of Infectious Diseases (2012-15) and Scientific Director of Surveillance and Epidemiology (2008-2012), she has published over 150 articles and has international experience working at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO). Dr. Crowcroft was a member of the Canadian National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) from 2008-2013. She received her medical qualifications and masters of science from the University of London and doctorate in medicine (medical PhD) from the University of Cambridge.
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