DR Congo declares end to deadly measles epidemic

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A boy receives a vaccine during a nationwide campaign against measles.
A boy receives a vaccine during a nationwide campaign against measles.
Allan Stephen / UNICEF / AFP

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday formally declared the end of a 25-month outbreak of measles that claimed the lives of more than 7 000 children aged under five.

"For the past month, we are able to say that this epidemic has been eliminated from across our territory," Health Minister Eteni Longondo told a press conference.

"We can say that measles (in the DRC) no longer exists."

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