By NewsDesk   @bactiman63

UN health officials reported nearly an additional 10,000 measles cases in week 48 this year, bringing the outbreak total to 280,677, the most cases reported in any single country this year.


During this week, most cases were reported from the provinces of Mai-ndombe (1459), Kwilu (1198), Tshuapa (1152) et Equateur (982).

In addition, the measles death toll has risen to 5,604, an increase in about 175 in one week.

In total, 246 (47%) of the 519 health zones across the 26 provinces of the country have reported a
confirmed measles outbreak.

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“Right now the DRC outbreak is the largest outbreak worldwide,” said Kate O’Brien, director of the WHO’s Immunization and Vaccines Department.

Efforts to tackle measles and other outbreaks like Ebola Virus Disease are being hampered by violence and unrest in the country.

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