Measles outbreak declared in Philippines

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Measles outbreak declared in Philippines

City Health Officer Dr. Verdades Linga said the City Health Department has already taken steps to arrest the increase in measles cases even before the declaration of an outbreak last Wednesday. READ: "Measles under control" In San Lazaro Hospital alone, at least 248 children and 21 adults are being treated for measles, according to its spokesperson.

Twenty-two people recorded dead as a result of a measles outbreak in the Manila metropolitan area and other Philippines regions. For the whole year of 2018, NCR registered 3, 646 measles cases as to against 351 cases in 2017.

Prior to the dengvaxia scare, Corpin said that Cebu City was able to reach 90 percent of the total population for the MMRV vaccination.

Data from DOH Region 6 showed that from January 1 to February 2 this year, cases of suspected measles in Region 6 reached 220 of which 10 have so far been confirmed by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

A year ago under the routine immunization strategy, the coverage reached 54 percent or 113,209 children out of 210,291 target. The scare started in late 2017, shortly after the government, then under President Benigno Aquino III, gave Dengvaxia to some 837,000 students as part of a public immunization campaign.

Amid the outbreak, the House of Representatives also on Friday approved on second reading an act expanding the coverage of the mandatory basic immunization program and providing a system in the determination of other types of vaccine-preventable diseases, amending Republic Act (RA) 10152 or the "Mandatory Infants and Children Health Immunization Act of 2011".

"Our children are protected so there is no cause for concern", a statement by the Health Ministry states. Among its complications include diarrhea, infection of the lung and ear, encephalitis, malnutrition, and blindness which may lead to death.

The Country had recently carried out successfully the largest ever measles vaccination campaign for children across Pakistan.

As early as December a year ago, health experts warned against a possible outbreak of measles in the Philippines due to the declining trust in vaccines in the wake of a controversy that hounded a dengue immunization program in 2017.

He said the Department of Health is also expected to work closely with the Presidential Communications Operations Office in raising public awareness about the importance of vaccines to ensure public health.

"I think it might be questioned before the courts somehow", he said. All they have to do is just have their children checked.

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