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    Source: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...293298936.html

    Congo measles epidemic worsens
    JODY CLARKE in Nairobi

    A MEASLES epidemic sweeping through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is spiralling out of control, according to an aid agency working in the country...

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    Re: Congo: Measles epidemic worsens

    Source: http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportID=92311

    RC: Measles epidemic threatens more provinces
    Photo: UNICEF/Kun Li
    NAIROBI, 29 March 2011 (IRIN) - A cholera outbreak in Katanga Province is likely to exacerbate the measles epidemic that for the past six months has been sweeping through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Aid workers warn it is now likely to get out of control and spread from five provinces to the rest of the country.

    “Children who contract cholera and haven’t received any inoculations against measles will be more vulnerable to the disease. We need to act quickly to control the epidemic,” Ayigan Koffi, health coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the DRC, told IRIN.

    “We are working on ways to increase and better coordinate the response. If nothing is done, the epidemic is likely to spread further,” Koffi told IRIN...

    ...WHO says the total number of cases since the beginning of the year has reached 6,524 cases, with 33 deaths...

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      Re: Congo: Measles epidemic worsens

      Source: http://www.google.com/hostednews/can...?docId=6398840

      Congo says measles outbreak leaves 106 children dead; aid groups call for more support

      By The Associated Press – 4 hours ago

      KINSHASA, Congo — Health officials in Congo say an outbreak of measles has left 106 children dead.

      Congolese officials said Tuesday that 90 of the deaths have been in Katanga province....

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        Re: Congo: Measles epidemic worsens

        Source: http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/...A?OpenDocument

        Democratic Republic of the Congo: measles cases dangerously on the increase

        Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
        Published: 4 April 2011

        Infancy can be a time of grave danger for children born today in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as measles is once again spreading with ruthless vigour.

        A total of 16,112 suspected cases of measles have been reported since early 2011 with a death toll of 106 children – 90 of whom are in Katanga province, according to the latest figures provided by local health authorities. The situation may be exacerbated and claim even more lives with a new cholera outbreak detected in and around Kisangani, in the north of the country....

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          Re: Congo: Measles epidemic worsens

          Congo-Kinshasa: Measles Claims Lives as Public, Private Resources Stretched Thin
          Emmanuel Chaco
          18 May 2011

          Kinshasa — More than 3,000 cases of measles have been recorded in the past three months in two districts of Maniema Province, in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

          Provincial statistics seen by IPS for the districts of Kibombo and Kindu, show that since mid-April, a measles epidemic has caused more than 15 deaths at health facilities, and three or four times as many have died at home, in cases where families did not take stricken children to medical centres.

          "The villages further upstream along the Congo River are the worst affected by measles," says Dr Théo Katako, interim head of the Provincial Inspectorate of the Ministry of Public Health. "Meanwhile, the province was only able to organise a vaccination campaign against polio, for lack of resources to take on these two epidemics at once."

          "The total number dying of measles at home in April, could have been more than 60; for lack of a way for these families to bring these patients to the hospital because of the distance to health facilities," says Germain Musombo, a member of civil society in Maniema.

          ...
          http://allafrica.com/stories/201105180615.html
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            Re: Congo: Measles epidemic worsens

            Source: http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/m...epublic-report

            Measles epidemic kills 32 in Congo Republic – report
            17 Jun 2011 18:03
            Source: alertnet // George Fominyen

            A measles epidemic in the Republic of Congo has infected 800 people and killed 32 in Pointe-Noire, the country's economic hub, a newspaper reported on Friday.

            “This is really disturbing given that a vaccination campaign (against measles) could only begin on June 22,” said Alexis Elira Dokekias, the director general of health services in the Central African country...

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              Re: Congo: Measles epidemic worsens

              Source: http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Co...fight-20110620

              Congo launching intensive measles fight
              2011-06-20 21:34

              Brazzaville - Congo aims to vaccinate every child in its second largest city after a measles outbreak killed 32 people, health officials said on Monday.

              A major campaign will be launched on Wednesday in Pointe-Noire in the south where a further 800 fell ill in the epidemic.

              "It's an intensive, month-long vaccination campaign. It's not a standard or routine campaign," said programme official Dr Hermann Boris Didi-Ngossaki.

              "It's going to target every child," in Pointe-Noire and the neighbouring Kouilou region, he said...

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                Re: Congo: Measles epidemic worsens

                Portuguese - detected to English translation

                Dozens of children die of measles

                A measles outbreak has caused over three months, more than 40 deaths in three thousand cases registered in the localities of children and Mwene Ditu Luilu, the Democratic Republic of Congo.
                The provincial coordinator of the Expanded Programme on Immunization (PEV) in Kasai Oriental, Jean Pierre Mukendi said on Sunday, the press, that the areas affected by the disease are those that were not covered by the last vaccination campaign held in May. Doctor by training, Jean Pierre Mukendi stressed that among the victims, the figure of a nurse 26 years.
                "Because measles is a disease that comes back after three years, there is a need to organize a campaign of mass response," said the expert.
                The campaign, said Dr. Pierre Mukendi, has started in two towns in the DRC, involving children from nine months to 15 years, thanks to the support of experts from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

                http://jornaldeangola.sapo.ao/18/0/d...rem_de_sarampo
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                  Re: Congo: Measles epidemic worsens

                  French to English translation

                  Kasai-Oriental: 1,000 measles cases recorded in one week
                  Radio Okapi report-provincial coordination .. The Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) in Kasai Oriental is an increase in measles cases across the province. Nearly a thousand cases were registered during the last week of June, announced the provincial coordinator of the EPI / Kasai Oriental, Dr. Jean Mukendi, told Radio Okapi, the first Friday in July.

                  Dr. Jean Mukendi said the epidemic is particularly in areas of health:

                  Tshilundu,
                  Luputa,
                  Palenda,
                  Kakanda.

                  He said that drugs are about to be transported to these areas to ensure health care for the sick.

                  The same source explained that these products will be fireplaces in priority to the areas of health most affected by the epidemic such as Luputa.

                  The doctor said a mass vaccination campaign against measles to be held from July 21. It will involve thirty-one health zones in the province.

                  The Provincial Coordinator of the EPI / Kasai Oriental also asked parents to bring their children to health centers closest when they show signs such as:

                  fever, rash, runny nose, red eyes.

                  Download The Provincial Division of Health announced Monday, May 9 that nearly four hundred children suffer from measles over eighteen health zones in Mbuji-Mayi.

                  These cases were recorded in April and concern the areas of health that were not covered by the last vaccination campaign against this disease.

                  . Radio Okapi:
                  Copyright Radio Okapi
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                    Re: Congo: Measles epidemic worsens, 1100+ fatalities

                    http://news.china.com.cn/rollnews/20...nt_8895614.htm

                    Chinese - detected to English translation

                    Congo (DRC) measles, cholera more than 1,300 people dead

                    Time: 2011-07-13 16:44:27 Source: China Economic Net to comment>>
                    Keywords: Measles epidemic cholera cases of the Congo River Eastern Province
                    Summary: World Health Organization, 12, said that since October last year, central African countries of Congo (DRC) outbreaks of measles outbreaks this year, the resurgence of cholera in March, two infectious diseases have caused more than 1,300 people dead. Jasa Tipsarevic said, in March this year, the Congo River city of Kisangani, the capital of the eastern province cholera epidemic, after the Congo River through the Equateur province, Bandundu province and Kinshasa successive discovery of new cases of cholera, As of Feb. 8, the Congo (DRC) health departments confirmed 3245 cases of cholera and 192 deaths.

                    World Health Organization, 12, said since last October, central African countries of Congo (DRC) outbreaks of measles outbreaks this year, the resurgence of cholera in March, two infectious diseases have caused more than 1,300 people dead.

                    World Health Organization spokesman Tariq Jasa Tipsarevic Palais des Nations in Geneva the same day at a regular press conference that the Congo (DRC) measles epidemic began in October last year, a total of 11.5 million people infected with measles, killing 1145 people death, present, except in the west and northeast of the capital Kinshasa, Orientale province yet found the measles epidemic, the epidemic are reported elsewhere.

                    Jasa Tipsarevic said, in March this year, the Congo River city of Kisangani, the capital of the eastern province cholera epidemic, after the Congo River through the Equateur province, Bandundu province and Kinshasa successive discovery of new cases of cholera, As of Feb. 8, the Congo (DRC) health departments confirmed 3245 cases of cholera and 192 deaths. (Xinhua)
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                      Re: Congo: Measles epidemic worsens, 1100+ fatalities

                      Measles kill over 1,000 DR Congo children since January: UN

                      AFP/File – A Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health employee administers a polio vaccination to a … .– 47 mins ago
                      KINSHASA (AFP) – A measles epidemic has killed 1,145 children in the Democratic Republic of Congo since January, the UN's Humanitarian Affairs mission in Kinshasa said Monday.

                      The epidemic "has already affected 115,600 children and killed 1,145" between January and June, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement.

                      This prompted the vaccination of 3.1 million children across five provinces, it added.

                      The campaign swung into action on May 10 after the NGO Doctors without Borders deplored "the lack of reactivity" of organisations like the World Health Organisation (WHO) to what it termed an "uncontrollable" epidemic.

                      Vaccination is continuing in two provinces, OCHA said.

                      ...
                      http://old.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/2011...healthepidemic
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