Measles kills thousands unabated in DRC

DRC measles

DRC measles kill thousands in DRC. A health worker attends to patient. File photo

from JEAN KASSONGO in Kinshasa, DRC
KINSHASA, (CAJ News) THE death toll in the measles outbreak afflicting the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen to 4 723.

Measles broke out five months ago, the latest crisis in the volatile country.

A cumulative total of 233 337 suspected measles cases have been confirmed.

Since September, over 53 860 cases and 1 164 deaths have been reported.

Five provinces, namely Ecuador, Kongo Central, Kwilu Mai-ndombe and South Kivu are severely affected.

Cases continue to be reported from Ituri and North-Kivu provinces, concurrently affected by the ongoing Ebola outbreak that has killed over 2 000 people.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) continues to coordinate partners supporting the government respond to the crisis.

A vaccination campaign scheduled for February next year is now planned for next month.

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus.

It is common among children.

Patients with measles present with fever and with a rash.

– CAJ News

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