NAIROBI —The death toll from the measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo reached 6,000 this week. As the cases mount, the government and global health partners have called for a reframing of the response, including expanding the ongoing vaccination campaign to include older children.

Since the beginning of last year, about 310,000 suspected cases of measles have been reported across the country — figures that are underreported, according to Médecins Sans Frontières. It’s the largest outbreak in the country in decades, with a higher fatality rate of cases than previous years.

 

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