At a press conference in the capital city of Kinshasa, Health Minister Eteni Longondo of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) announced that after a massive vaccination campaign that reached over 18,000,000 children last year, the world's largest outbreak of measles has now ended. As of now, international health organizations and partners have yet confirmed the end of the viral outbreak. While the DR Congo reports that the lives of well over 7,000 children were ended by the virus, health experts both within and outside of the nation say that the actual number of deaths could be significantly higher as many cases go unreported.
Though the DR Congo's battle against measles may be over, the nation is currently combating an outbreak of the Ebola virus and the Covid-19 coronavirus. The World Health Organization recently announced that there are currently over 100 cases of Ebola in the nation's 11th outbreak alongside just under 10,000 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus.
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