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DR Congo: Monkeypox Kills 10

Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) have Tuesday reported that Monkeypox has claimed 10 lives, while 141 people have been infected.

According to Dr Aime Alengo a health official in Sankuru province, the disease affects those who are mostly less than 5 years old

“From the first week of surveillance until the 33rd, we recorded 141 confirmed cases, with 10 deaths,” Dr. Alengo, told local media

“We are one of a few countries in Africa that still have cases of this disease.” he added

In its Health Emergencies Bulletin on Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) Africa Region said: “One major challenge to the current emergency includes acquiring the required funding to respond to all the multiple ongoing outbreaks in the country.”

Monkeypox virus is an orthopox virus that causes a disease with symptoms similar, but less severe, to smallpox. While smallpox was eradicated in 1980, monkeypox continues to occur in countries of Central and West Africa.

Its symptoms include fever, headache, muscle pains, swollen lymph nodes, and feeling tired. This is followed by a rash that forms blisters and crusts over.

According to WHO Monkeypox virus is mostly transmitted to people from wild animals such as rodents and primates, but human-to-human transmission also occurs.

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DR Congo country is also battling measles and the coronavirus pandemic and a number of militia groups who are terrorizing the South and North Kivu provinces.

In week 32 (week ending Aug. 9 2020), 418 measles cases — including seven deaths were reported across the country.

The provinces that reported the majority of cases include Sankuru and South Ubangi.

The high fatality ratio was noticed in Maniema and Sankuru. Since 2019 a total of 380,766 measles cases and 7,018 deaths have been reported in the country, according to the WHO Africa office.

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