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The world's worst epidemic

While the world focuses on the coronavirus outbreak, dozens of children are dying every day in the Democratic Republic of Congo from the world's worst epidemic: measles.

What’s measles?

There is a little boy named Rodjens. He’s 17 months old, and he got measles during the world’s worst outbreak of the disease which has been ravaging the Democratic Republic of Congo since the start of 2019. Although Rodjens was hospitalized in time, in this country in Central Africa, nearly 20 children die every day because of this epidemic.

Children are the most vulnerable

In measles treatment centers like this one in Matadi, NGOs are working to save the families affected by the epidemic, like Phemba and her two daughters. Since January 2019, according to the WHO, 310,000 people have been infected with measles in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 6,000 have died, 75% of which are children under the age of 5, who are the most vulnerable to the disease. Measles is an infectious disease, and one of the most contagious. It’s one of the leading causes of death in the world. Its symptoms include a high fever, a runny nose, a sore throat, conjunctivitis followed by a rash on the body and around the lips.

There is no cure for the disease, only symptomatic treatments

There is no specific treatment for measles, only symptomatic treatments. Most of the deaths are caused by complications of the disease, such as acute respiratory infections, dehydration, or diarrhea. When treated in time, patients recover in around 10 days after the first symptoms appear.

More resources are needed in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Today, vaccination is the only effective preventive measure against measles. In the DRC, ongoing conflict, lack of access to remote villages and inequality prevent many children in rural areas from being vaccinated every year. A global fundraising campaign allowed for the emergency vaccination of millions of children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But the WHO is calling for further resources to get the disease under control.

Brut.

02/15/2020 3:22 PM

21 comments

  • Brut India
    02/25/2020 16:20

    Learn more about the deathly epidemic here: http://theconversation.com/explainer-a-history-of-the-measles-virus-and-why-its-so-tenacious-130262

  • Limuel D.
    02/24/2020 08:03

    pray

  • Navil R.
    02/24/2020 05:11

    Lord Give us kindness forevermore.

  • Vinod K.
    02/23/2020 18:58

    Do you know about this.

  • Namita S.
    02/23/2020 18:15

    God bless them

  • Koki G.
    02/23/2020 14:35

    🙏

  • अमित क.
    02/23/2020 14:14

    This is heart wrenching!!

  • Diane T.
    02/23/2020 14:09

    They cant feed their kids so why do they get pregnant again and again then leave it to the rest of the world to feed them 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️

  • Susan D.
    02/23/2020 13:25

    It's preventable! The vaccine is pretty cheap, too. If help doesn't get there the measles will get here sooner than you think.

  • Basava S.
    02/23/2020 12:29

    Thaaanks

  • Radha V.
    02/23/2020 12:24

    Kindly take necessary preventive steps to rescue the Children

  • Kumkum S.
    02/23/2020 09:38

    God bless them

  • Munira A.
    02/23/2020 09:15

    💔

  • Ankita R.
    02/23/2020 09:00

    God plz save all ur children.. Please please stop eating non veg...

  • Shaber H.
    02/23/2020 08:41

    May GoD Help u

  • Tsoy T.
    02/23/2020 08:25

    God bless you all

  • Sujata P.
    02/23/2020 07:52

    Omm Sai Ram

  • Piki P.
    02/23/2020 07:32

    oh God don't let kid die😥

  • D D.
    02/23/2020 07:30

    God ur the hope for these innocent children 🙏

  • Anam T.
    02/23/2020 07:27

    What to do with this world.