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Deaths in a massive measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have now topped 6,000, prompting a call from the World Health Organization (WHO) today for more funding to curb the spread of the disease.

Since the beginning of 2019, about 310,000 suspected measles cases have been reported in the African country, which dwarfs the number of Ebola cases, with measles deaths more than double that from Ebola. The DRC is also battling cholera and vaccine-derived polio outbreaks.

Vaccination push for kids older than 5

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