Close to a quarter of a million people have been infected in 2019
November 22, 2019
Democratic Republic of Congo: Measles have killed alomst 5,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2019 alone, according to authorities, after the disease spread to all the provinces in the country.
It is estimated that close to a quarter of a million people have been infected in 2019.
Measles is a virus that initially causes a runny nose, sneezing and fever, a few days later it leads to a blotchy rash that starts off on the face and spreads across the body. It attacks the body's ability to fight infections.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says this is the world's largest and fastest-moving epidemic.
Measles in DR Congo have now killed more than twice the number who have died of Ebola there in the last 15 months.
The Congolese government and the WHO launched an emergency vaccination programme in September that aimed to inoculate more than 800,000 children.
Four million children have been vaccinated, but experts warn that this amounts to less than half of the total in the country - and not enough vaccines are available.
The majority of those infected with measles in the country are infants.
It is estimated that a global total of 110,000 people die from measles each year.
Last modified onFriday, 22 November 2019 11:53