Measles epidemic in Sankuru, DRC; 150 deaths reported since beginning of the year


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The health situation remains worrying in Sankuru, in the center of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This region was hit by a measles epidemic that killed more than 150 people. The county authorities are multiplying strategies to try to contain the said epidemic.


Tony Elong, Sankuru County Minister, announced rapid and urgent vaccination in health areas affected by measles:

“For measles, there is already a program to implement rapid and urgent vaccination in various health districts and there is also clinical case management. This program is being organized. In the coming days, it will be put in place.”

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Since the beginning of this year, in just 4 months, more than 150 measles-related deaths have been recorded and more than 5,000 cases of the aforementioned disease have been reported in this part of the country.

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All 16 health districts in the province are affected by the disease. However, the health districts of Ludja and Lumila are the epicenter of the measles epidemic in the region.

Nationally, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reported 57,167 suspected measles cases with 649 associated deaths as of March 26.

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