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The 2014 World Cup will be played next month in Brazil.While I will have one eye on the matches being played, the other will be on the foreign supporters who will flock to Brazil to watch the sport, some of whom may unwittingly carry the virus that causes measles. If measles were to crash the World Cup and then spread, it would put at risk the country's impressive gains against the disease and threaten other countries as well.Brazil eliminated measles at around the turn of the 21st century. In 2002, the entire region of the Americas was declared free of measles.Measles once ravaged Brazil. Measles in any one country is a threat to all countries. Two years ago, Brazil confirmed two cases of the disease that were imported by travelers from countries where measles is still endemic – most likely they had come from Europe or Asia.
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