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13 Mar 20

Explained: The world's largest measles outbreak

While some viral diseases like COVID-19 and Ebola make headlines, most people don’t know that measles remains a leading killer of young children in many parts of the world.

Right now, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is facing the largest outbreak of measles in a decade.

In the past year alone, over 310,000 people have been infected and more than 6,000 people have died--the vast majority of them children.

We sat down with MSF experts Dr Northan Hurtado and Dr Matthew Coldiron to talk about why so many people are dying from measles when there is a safe and effective vaccine.

We also discussed some of the lesser-known science about measles, and what MSF is doing to stop the deadly epidemic still raging in DRC.

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