So far this year, the measles outbreak has killed more than 5,000 people in the central African country of Congo, more than double the death toll from the country’s latest Ebola outbreak. As of the 17th of this month, the Democratic Republic of Congo has reported more than 250,000 cases of measles, of which 5,110 have died, about 90 percent of them children, according to a communique issued by the World Health Organization. WHO experts say many countries and regions around the world are experiencing a large-scale measles outbreak, with congo the worst.
UNICEF Representative in the Congo (DRC) Edward Bergbold said in a statement on the 27th, the security situation is unstable, inadequate medical facilities, lack of vaccines and other factors, many children in the region can not be vaccinated, cultural beliefs and traditional habits are often a stumbling block to vaccination and measles treatment.
At present, the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has launched measles operations in the capital Kinshasa and neighbouring provinces, and has provided free vaccinations to the population in the most severely affected areas.
Measles is a viral infectious disease, most of the affected children, symptoms include fever, inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, cough, conjunctivitis, etc. , the disease can cause death. There are no specific drugs to treat measles, and the most effective way to prevent the disease is to get vaccinated.
As of November 27, the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which began last August, had killed 2,198 people in the country, according to WHO.