Intended for healthcare professionals


Measles: Democratic Republic of the Congo recorded over 6000 deaths last year

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 08 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m57
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

More than 6000 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo died in 2019 in what the World Health Organisation has called the world’s worst measles epidemic.1

WHO said that since the beginning of 2019 around 310 000 suspected cases have been reported in the country. This was despite the vaccination against measles of more than 18 million children under the age of 5 in the republic last year through joint efforts between the DRC Ministry of Health, WHO, Gavi (the Vaccine Alliance), and other partner aid agencies. However, in some areas …

View Full Text

Log in

Log in through your institution


* For online subscription