DRC Records More Than 4K Deaths From Measles This Year, With Most Occurring In Children Under 5, UNICEF Says

CNN: More than 4,000 people have died from measles in Congo this year
“More than 4,000 people have died from a measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year, UNICEF, the United Nations’ children’s agency, said on Wednesday. There have been 203,179 cases of the preventable illness across the country, and nearly 90% of the 4,096 deaths were children under the age of 5. ‘The number of measles cases in DRC this year is more than triple the number recorded for all of 2018. The measles outbreak in DRC has become far deadlier than Ebola, which to date, has taken 2,143 lives,’ UNICEF said in a statement…” (Hunt, 10/9).

Additional coverage of the DRC measles outbreak is available from AP and The Hill.

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