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From the beginning of the year and through August 28, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reported 100,044 suspected measles cases, of which 4,652 cases were confirmed.

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63 percent of lab confirmed measles cases have less than 5 years old, and only 36 percent with a history of vaccination.

In addition, 1,294 measles related deaths have been reported (1.3% case fatality rate).

A total of 148 health zones have confirmed measles outbreak at some point since the start of this year.

Caused by a highly contagious virus, measles spreads from person to person by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Signs and symptoms of measles include rash, high fever and a cough, runny nose, or red, watery eyes. People can spread measles up to 4 days before and 4 days after they have a rash. Measles can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and even death.

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