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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the measles situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen an increasing trend in 2023 in terms of the number of reported cases and deaths, as well as the geographical distribution.


From the beginning of the year through May 7, 99,176 suspected measles cases and 1,239 deaths were
reported from 459 health zones (HZs) in all 26 provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), resulting in a case fatality rate (CFR) of 1.2%.

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Most of the cases were reported from five provinces of North Kivu (26,239 cases), South Kivu (22,275 cases), Lomami (12,006 cases), Sankuru (10,119 cases) and Tshopo (9,815 cases).

This is a 93 percent increase in cases compared to the number during the same period in 2022 (51374). 746 measles deaths were also reported during this time last year.

WHO says to reverse this trend, efforts must continue to adhere to the schedule of activities for the organization of follow-up campaigns and to complete the introduction of the second dose of measles vaccine into the routine immunization schedule. To date, 25 of the country’s 26 provinces have introduced measles vaccine.

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