Bubonic Plague Kills 44 Children in DRC

UNICEF – Democratic Republic of the Congo reported 44 deaths in Ituri province due to a bubonic plague epidemic.

UNICEF – DRC said that it is alarmed with the re-emergence of the plague and its impact on children. It further said that through new research, children are particularly vulnerable once they contracted the plague. The report said that 578 cases and 44 deaths were recorded in Ituri. 

UNICEF Social Sciences Analytics Cell (CASS) Field Supervisor Izzy Scott Moncrieff said that bubonic plague cases are widespread in rural areas caused by flea-carrying rodents, which are transmitted to humans through flea bites. 

Its symptoms are swollen lymph nodes in the groin, armpits, or neck, fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain.

The sickness can be treated with antibiotics, which are available in the province. However, it is advised to attend to it after symptoms show before it spreads rapidly through the body. 

The agency requested support for affected communities through a rat and flea eradication campaign and assistance to provide rodent-resistant shelters.

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