The BBC reports that Measles has killed nearly 5,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2019, after the disease spread to all the provinces in the country. Reports show that close to a quarter of a million people have been infected this year alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls this is the world's largest and fastest-moving epidemic. The Congolese government and the WHO launched an emergency vaccination programme in September to inoculate more than 800,000 children. However, poor infrastructure, attacks on health centres and a lack of access to routine healthcare have all hindered efforts to stop the spread of the disease.
Four million children have been vaccinated, but experts warn that this amounts to less than half of the total in the country - and not enough vaccines are available. The majority of those infected with measles in the country are infants.
Measles is a virus that initially causes a runny nose, sneezing and fever. A few days later it leads to a blotchy rash that starts off on the face and spreads across the body. Measles makes body 'forget' how to fight infection Global measles cases quadruple - Most people will recover, but measles can cause life-long disability. It can be deadly, especially if it causes pneumonia in the lungs or encephalitis (swelling in the brain). It is estimated that a global total of 110,000 people die from measles each year. Edited from the BBC