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Congo: Measles outbreak kills more than 4,000 this year

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At least, more than 4,000 people have died in Congo this year in the world’s largest measles outbreak.

Moreover, the United Nations Children Agency confirmed the figure on Wednesday, October 9.

However, the Ebola outbreak has also killed about half that number since August 2018 in Congo.

Meanwhile, over 200,000 cases of measles has been reported across Congo since January.

According to UNICEF, more than 140,000 deaths involve children under 5 years of age.

By and large, children make up nearly 90 percent of deaths recorded.

The UNICEF Country Representative, Edouard Beigbeder said millions of Congolese children miss routine immunization.

In like manner, the majority of children lack access to health care when they fall sick.

Congo’s weak health system, insecurity and community mistrust of vaccines added to the situation.

Vaccinators and logistical challenges also contributed to a huge number of unvaccinated children at risk of contracting the disease.

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