The measles epidemic continues to spread in the health zones that make up the province of Kasaï-Oriental. More than 300 cases including 7 deaths were recorded in one week, according to the head of the Provincial Health Division (DPS).
Doctor Nestor Tshiteku informs that 7 new health zones are affected by this epidemic. This brings to 17 the number of health zones affected by measles in the region.
“There is an increase in the number of cases in recent days. We have recorded about 300 cases including 7 deaths in one week. It must be said that so far, there are 17 health zones out of 19 which have notified at least one case. There are 7 new health zones which are already declared in epidemic. And in these areas there, a vaccination campaign is planned. And it should be noted that this is a limited response in the health areas that are affected and it is much more children from 0 to 59 months who are the most victims. It should also be added that vaccination is still ongoing in all these areas. Basically, it should be remembered that since February there have been more than 2,300 cases of measles, including 12 deaths,” he said.
It should be recalled that the measles epidemic resurfaced in the province of Kasaï-Oriental last February.
In 2022 through June 19, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen 71,327 total measles cases, including 1,001 deaths (1.4% CFR).
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