Since the beginning of 2019, approximately 310,000 suspected cases of measles have been reported across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with 6.000 fatalities, figures that are underreported, according to Médecins Sans Frontières.
Aside from the current Ebola outbreak, the Democratic Republic of Congo is faced with multiple disease outbreaks, including an increasing spread of measles within the region.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Health Ministry has recorded 87,000 suspected cases since the start of the 2019, with cases reported in 23 of 26 provinces.
Total cases so far this year: 53,112, including 18 deaths.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Oman and Bahrain were added to the list of countries that have eliminated measles and rubella.
Since the start of 2019, 179 countries have reported 168,193 cases of measles - almost 117,000 more cases reported during the same period in 2018.
World Health Organization (WHO) regions have set measles elimination goals. The research found that as countries progress toward their respective elimination goals, they undergo predictable changes in the size and frequency of measles outbreaks.
A disease is considered eliminated from a country when it can no longer be contracted within its borders. Losing elimination status would mark a failure of one of the biggest public health achievements in US history.
Reemergence of arthropod-borne and vaccine-preventable diseases in Venezuela has sparked serious epidemics that also affect neighboring countries.
Singapore has eliminated measles, and Australia, Brunei Darussalam, and Macao SAR (China) have eliminated rubella as public health problems, the World Health Organization (WHO).