A measles epidemic has been declared in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a country struggling to contain the world’s second-largest and second-deadliest Ebola outbreak. Interested in Measles? Add Measles as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Measles news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Measles Add Interest The Congolese health ministry said it has recorded 87,000 suspected cases of measles since the start of the year and laboratory tests so far have confirmed 677 of those cases in 23 of the nation’s 26 provinces. The newly-declared measles epidemic is believed to have already claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people, according to the ministry. “Since the beginning of 2019, we have seen an increase in the number of suspected cases of measles,” the Congolese health minister, Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga, said in a statement Monday night, officially declaring the epidemic. “This situation is all the more worrying because it represents an increase of more than 700 percent, compared to the epidemiological situation for the same period in 2018.” The Congolese health ministry said it recorded 65,098 suspected cases of measles for 2018, of which 2,908 cases were investigated and 961 were confirmed. Measles is… Read full this story
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