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5,000 killed in DR Congo measles epidemic ‘mostly children’

5,000 killed in DR Congo measles epidemic ‘mostly children’

According to the World Health Organization, the Democratic Republic of Congo is seeing the world’s biggest outbreak of measles.

A total of 250,270 cases of measles have been recorded as of November 17 with 5110 fatalities.

More than 90% of the recorded fatalities were children aged 5 and younger.

Unicef’s Edouard Beigbeder said: “While the Ebola outbreak, which has claimed more than 2,000 lives in the eastern DRC, has commanded sustained international attention, measles, which has claimed more than twice as many lives, continues to be underreported,”

The UN has now initiated training of Ebola teams in the DRC to manage the many cases of measles.

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