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DR Congo measles: Nearly 5,000 dead

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    Posted: November 21 2019 at 11:13am
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Measles has killed nearly 5,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2019, authorities said, after the disease spread to all the provinces in the country.

Close to a quarter of a million people have been infected this year alone.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says this is the world's largest and fastest-moving epidemic.

Measles in DR Congo has now killed more than twice the number who have died of Ebola there in the last 15 months.

The Congolese government and the WHO launched an emergency vaccination programme in September that aimed to inoculate more than 800,000 children.

But poor infrastructure, attacks on health centres and a lack of access to routine healthcare have all hindered efforts to stop the spread of the disease.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote carbon20 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 21 2019 at 3:10pm
Hi you beat me to this one I was yet reading it

And thought I'll post it,on here....

Really interesting.....

Scary....
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jacksdad Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 21 2019 at 4:43pm
Same here - I just read this and wondered if anyone had posted about it. Twice as many deaths as the current Ebola outbreak. Nothing comes close to measles for infection rates, and despite the way we tend to view it in the West, it’s still a prodigious killer in many parts of the world.


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More international support needed to curb deadly measles outbreak in DR Congo



The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said some 310,000 suspected cases of the disease have been reported since then.   

The UN agency and its partners have worked with the authorities to vaccinate more than 18 million children under five during 2019. However, coverage remains low in some areas, with under-fives accounting for a quarter of cases.

“We are doing our utmost to bring this epidemic under control. Yet to be truly successful we must ensure that no child faces the unnecessary risk of death from a disease that is easily preventable by a vaccine”, said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.
Challenges to response

Last month, the UN agency trained 60 health workers to conduct community engagement, health education and surveillance, who will be deployed this week.

The outbreak is occurring as the DRC is battling other epidemic-prone diseases, including its worst ever Ebola epidemic, in the east of the country.

WHO said the situation is further “aggravated” by weak public health systems and difficulty in accessing vulnerable populations, while insecurity has hampered efforts in some areas.

So far, more than $27 million has been mobilized for the response. However, another $40 million is needed for a six-month plan that would extend vaccination to children aged six to 14 years.

The funding also will help with improving treatment, health education and community engagement, in addition to strengthening the health system, among other measures.

“We recognize the Government’s engagement in the efforts to end the outbreak and we are grateful for the generosity of our donors. But we still need to do more”, said Dr Amédée Prosper Djiguimdé, Officer in charge of WHO’s office in the DRC.

“Thousands of Congolese families need our help to lift the burden of this prolonged epidemic from their backs. We cannot achieve this without adequate finances.”


Source:   https://news.un.org/en/story/2020/01/1054941
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The measles outbreaks are also an undesirable effect of measles vaccination. This may be the case with an oral polio vaccine, which has been shown to be a vaccine from this live virus that contributes to the spread of the virus.
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here is the link about peroral polio vaccine and polio outbreak : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/26/polio-outbreak-declared-papua-new-guinea/[URL= ][/URL]
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