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DR Congo hit by Measles epidemic

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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The health crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been compounded by a Measles epidemic.

The central African country which is battling the deadly Ebola has now declared a measles epidemic.

Health officials made the declaration on Monday with the health ministry revealing that it has recorded 87,000 suspected cases since the start of the year.

Measles is a childhood infection caused by a virus and can be serious and even fatal for small children.

Although deadly Measles can be prevented through vaccination.

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So far there are indications measles has killed more than 1,500 people in DR Congo since the beginning of this year.

Most of those killed were children under five years from urban and rural areas.

Health officials say measles cases have been reported in 23 of DR Congo’s 26 provinces.

Doctors Without Borders officials vaccinating children in DR Congo against Measles. Photo: Twitter / @MSF_canada

Over two million children have already been vaccinated against measles in April.

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Officials are hoping to vaccinate another 1.4 million in the next exercise especially in areas prone to the disease.

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders has warned the current measles epidemic could be the deadliest since 2012.

DR congo is struggling to cope with its health crisis due to violence and poor health infrastructure.





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