DRC measles outbreak sees more than 3,500 deaths

DRC. Sept. 16, 2019: [Disease Outbreak News] The measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the largest in the world and continues to trend and spread geographically.

Through September 1 this year, officials have reported 179,477 suspected measles cases including 3,559 deaths (CFR 2.0%).

Cases have been reported from more than 90 percent health zones across all 26 provinces in the country.

The World Health Organisation reports that nearly half of all cases are from four provinces–Tshopo (32,832), Kasai (29,476), Haut-Lomami (14,632) and South-Kivu (9,870).

The capital city of Kinshasa has seen more than 5,600 cases.

Health officials have seen two peaks of measles this year with the most recent being several weeks ago.

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Reference:

The World Health Organization. Weekly Bulletin and Other Emergencies. Week 37. 9 – 15 September, 2019 

 

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