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DRC: World’s Biggest Measles Outbreak Ends
Category :- Health Author :- L J KINGAH 
Posted on August 26, 2020, 9:43 am
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With confirmation from Democratic Republic of Congo’s Health Minister, Eteni Longondo it has been declared that the world’s biggest measles outbreak that was recorded in the country has now ended.

DRC Measles

Crowned the world's largest measles outbreak it killed more than 7,000 children. Factors that favored the wild spread of the epidemic were the under-resourced health system as well as conflict that limited health care to reach infected children.

It was during a press conference in Kinshasa that Minister, Eteni Longondo, said Democratic Republic of Congo was now measles-free.

CONGO measles

Though the number of deaths has been revealed, health experts say the actual number of deaths from measles could be unknown and far higher because many cases were not reported.

This announcement comes following the huge vaccination campaign that covered at least 18 million children last year, 2019, according to report from BBC.


However, the international health partners are yet to confirm the announcement. This is because in the last decades the country has been experiencing reoccurrence of measles.


The infections significantly increased in June 2019 which was overwhelming to the country's health system given that health workers have to simultaneously deal with measles, vaccine-derived polio, cholera, Ebola, bubonic plague and now coronavirus.

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