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Measles Claim More Lives in DR Congo than Ebola: NGO

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7Dnews London - AFP

Sun, 18 Aug 2019 04:55 GMT

Medical NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Saturday, August 17th that measles has killed 2,758 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo since January, more than the Ebola epidemic in a year, calling for a "massive mobilisation of funds."

According to MSF statement, the disease, which is preventable with a vaccine, has infected over 145,000 people in the DR Congo between January and early August.

The NGO said it has vaccinated 474,860 children between the ages of six months and five years since the beginning of the year, and provided care to more than 27,000 measles patients, according to AFP.

"Only $2.5 million has been raised out of the $8.9 million required for the Health Cluster response plan―in stark contrast with the Ebola epidemic in the east of the country, which attracts multiple organisations and hundreds of millions of dollars in funding," MSF added.

The DR Congo declared a measles epidemic in June. Last year, cases more than doubled to almost 350,000 from 2017, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Moreover, in the country's east, Ebola has claimed more than 1,900 lives since erupting last August.