Measles outbreak declared across Philippines

Measles outbreak declared in Philippines

Philippines hit by deadly measles outbreak

On Thursday, Dr Duque declared that there was also an outbreak in central and southern Luzon and in central and western Visayas.

QUICK-SPREADING VIRUS A father waits for his measles-stricken child to be admitted to the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Sta.

"We are expanding the outbreak from Metro Manila to other regions as cases have increased in the past weeks and to strengthen surveillance if there are new cases and alert mothers and caregivers to be more vigilant", Health Secretary Francisco Duque said.

The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday (February 6) declared an outbreak of measles in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The three new cases include a woman in her 20s, who came in contact with a measles patient living in northern Taiwan, confirmed as an imported case from Vietnam on January 16, and another two imported cases - one man in his 30s from Haiphong City, Vietnam and a 7-year-old girl from Manila, the Philippines, according to a CDC statement.

The number of measles cases rose from 791 in 2017 to 5,120 in 2018.

"The analysis confirmed that Dengvaxia provides persistent [protective] benefit against dengue fever in those who had prior infection", Sanofi said in a statement at the time.

The health department in the Philippines announced the measles outbreak and blamed it on low vaccination rates among children.

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The health department reported that vaccine coverage rate plunged to 40 per cent a year ago (2018) from 70 per cent in 2017.

Measles cases in the city rose by 550 percent from January 1 to February 6, 2019 compared to the same period past year, he added.

In early 2016, the health department, under then President Benigno Aquino, rolled out a 3.5 billion-peso (S$91 million) programme to inoculate a million school-age children with Dengvaxia to protect them against dengue, a mosquito-borne disease that afflicts hundreds of millions of people around the world. "I urge parents and communities to take their children to the health center to be immunized".

Its complications include severe diarrhea, pneumonia, blindness and even death, according to the Health department.

Pakistan has only recently carried out its largest-ever measles vaccination campaign for children. "He was saddened, so he said it should be addressed immediately", Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.

The justice department filed criminal charges against more than 30 health officials for the deaths of about 100 children which a probe by the Public Attorney's Office had linked to Dengvaxia.

Hontiveros claimed that Acosta politicized the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy, which forced parents not to have their children innoculated.

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.

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