Good news in today’s NYT: “The world should be able to meet a goal of reducing by half the number of measles deaths by the end of the year, two United Nations agencies said today.

The number of deaths from the highly contagious viral disease has dropped by 39 percent, to about 530,000 in 2003 from 873,000 in 1999, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund said in a joint report.”

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