February 18, 2011
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In late January, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo launched a measles vaccination campaign in Katanga Province. The plan was to vaccinate approximately 1.2 million children in order to halt the spread of an ongoing epidemic.
"The epidemic began to appear in scattered fashion," says Dr. Northan Hurtado, an MSF primary care physician. "At the start, in mid-October, rural areas were most affected. Then the cases started increasing in urban areas." By mid-January, as the disease spread, 3,885 children in Likasi district contracted measles and 31 died. The city of Lubumbashi, the provincial capital, was not hit as hard, but 791 children still fell ill.
The Logistics of Vaccination
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