By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
More than 5,600 measles cases were reported during the week ending Aug. 11 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), including 141 deaths, from 23 of the 26 provinces of the
country, according to the latest published data.
Since the beginning of the year, 155,460 total measles cases have been recorded. One-third of the health zones in the DRC have reported confirmed measles outbreaks.
A nearly 2 percent case fatality rate, or 2,953 deaths have been reported.
Nearly 60 percent of cases reported in 2019 have been notified from Tshopo, Lualaba, Kasai and Haut-Lomami provinces.
Earlier this month, the World Health Organization reported that globally in the first six months of 2019, reported measles cases are the highest they have been in any year since 2006. There have been almost three times as many cases reported to date in 2019 as there were at this same time last year.