Deadly measles outbreak sweeps Congo after vaccination campaign


After a gigantic measles vaccination campaign in the Congo carried out by GAVI, a vaccine group funded also by Bill Gates…

http://www.gavi.org/Library/News/Press-releases/2013/Measles-campaign-launched-in-the-DR-Congo/

…there has been a measles epidemic which has killed 400 people so far.

From The New York Times: Measles Outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo Kills 400.

More than 23,000 people, mostly children, have been infected with measles in the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. More than 400 have died, according to United Nations agencies and Doctors Without Borders.
In one village of 500, more than 30 children under age 5 died within two months — a third of all the children in that age group. “Their little graves are still visible in the cemetery,” said Augustin Ngoyi, the response coordinator for Doctors Without Borders.
The epidemic started in February, but as of early this month, the central government in Kinshasa had not acknowledged that it was underway and deaths were not being officially counted, he said.
Doctors Without Borders has vaccinated more than 300,000 children, but it has been difficult. The vaccine must be kept cold, and two shots, weeks apart, are needed for full protection.
Moving the vaccine to village clinics has been hampered by bad roads and railroads that are seldom repaired and have fuel shortages. Some villages are reachable only by foot, motorcycle or canoe. Many children in the region already have been weakened by malaria and

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/health/measles-outbreak-in-democratic-republic-of-congo-kills-400.html?ref=africa&_r=1

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