Congo-Kinshasa: More International Support Needed to Curb Deadly Measles Outbreak in DR Congo

[UN News] Countries are being asked to step up assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which is facing the world's worst measles epidemic, with more than 6,000 deaths since the start of last year.
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Publication date: Available online 9 January 2020Source: EpidemicsAuthor(s): Taylor Chin, Caroline O. Buckee, Ayesha S. MahmudAbstractIn the wake of the Rohingya population's mass migration from Myanmar, one of the world's largest refugee settlements was constructed in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh to accommodate nearly 900,000 new refugees. Refugee populations are particularly vulnerable to infectious disease outbreaks due to many population and environmental factors. A large measles outbreak, with over 1,700 cases, occurred among the Rohingya population between September and November 2017. Here, we estimate key epidemiological...
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[East African] Kinshasa -More than 6,000 people have died in from the world's worst measles epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.
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Countries are being asked to step up assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) which is facing the world’s worst measles epidemic, with more than 6,000 deaths since the start of last year. 
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[MSF] More than 280,000 people have contracted measles and at least 5,700 have died from the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this year--the largest outbreak the country has experienced in decades. The World Health Organization (WHO) says this is the largest measles epidemic in the world today. According to a survey by Epicentre--MSF's research arm--these figures represent a fraction of the real number.
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Violence against health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo is complicating the response to a massive measles outbreak and accelerating the spread of the disease, which has claimed twice as many lives than an ongoing Ebola epidemic.
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SAMOA has begun a two-day shutdown as the government aims to curb a measles epidemic that has so far killed 62 people. Is an epidemic likely to happen in the UK?
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The small Pacific island nation of Samoa has closed schools and is restricting travel ahead of the Christmas holiday season as the death toll from a measles outbreak tops 50, in the latest flare-up of a global epidemic of the virus.
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(LONDON) — The World Health Organization says cases of measles are continuing to spike globally, with multiple large outbreaks being reported across Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. In an update on Wednesday, the U.N. health agency said Congo has reported more than 250,000 suspected cases this year, including 5,110 deaths. In Europe, there have been more than 56,000 cases in Ukraine. Sizeable outbreaks have also been reported in Brazil, Bangladesh and elsewhere. WHO noted that two large epidemics in New York are over but small outbreaks elsewhere in the U.S. continue. As of Nov. 5, there were more t...
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I am afraid for Dr. Tedros’ safety. The World Health Organization Director-General and I are walking from the WHO’s midtown-Manhattan offices to the nearby U.N. campus, where Tedros is participating in the U.N. General Assembly. As we cross avenues amid a chorus of honking horns, Tedros is so intent on answering my questions, rarely breaking eye contact, that he appears not to notice traffic lights changing and cyclists whizzing past at alarming proximity. His staff and I breathe a collective sigh of relief when he arrives at the U.N. unscathed. It should come as no surprise that the man at the helm of the worl...
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