Nearly 5,000 killed in DR Congo measles outbreak


About 5,000 people have died from measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo since the beginning of the year.

The Central African country is battling the world’s worst outbreak amid immense logistical challenges.

According to the ministry of health, there have been over 240,000 cases since January, making it by far the worst year in a decade.

Cases of the contagious disease have now reached all of the country’s 26 provinces.

Four million children have already been vaccinated but this represents less than half of the country’s children.

In addition to the lack of enough vaccines to reach out to more children, the extremely poor road network also makes it difficult for health workers to access every community.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is also experiencing the world’s second-worst Ebola epidemic. The measles outbreak has killed twice as many people as the current Ebola crisis in the Central African nation.

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