Philippines: measles cases sharply increase in Manila

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It did not mention figures where the percentage was derived.

"At least you should have a sizable number or segment of the population that will be protected so that you begin to build a wall around the people who have not been vaccinated for a myriad of reasons, may it be religious or customary", he said. He also told them to go to health centers and get vaccinated.

The Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday there had been 441 cases measles in the Manila metropolitan area as of January 26, compared to 36 cases in 2018.

The Department of Health (DOH) has encouraged government hospitals in Western Visayas to dedicate isolation rooms for measles cases.

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Calabarzon region comprises five provinces, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon province. In Luzon, 192 cases were reported with four deaths.

The 10 confirmed cases were from Antique (one each from Hamtic, San Jose and Patnongon towns), Iloilo (two from Cabatuan, one each from Janiuay and Maasin towns), and Negros Occidental (one each from Himamaylan town, Cadiz City and Sagay City).

READ: 22 die in suspected measles outbreak The Health department said 90 percent of those infected with measles had not been vaccinated.

According to the Health Secretary, Francisco Duque III said the high number of cases on low vaccination rates among children was caused by scare triggered by a controversial government dengue vaccine programme in 2017.

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Public support to the program might have dipped because of the Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine controversy, Juanico said.

Sanofi has unequivocally said its product is safe, but Manila still halted the campaign and left hundreds of thousands of terrified parents wondering if their children were at risk.

In just the first month of 2019, the hospital tallied 1,550 reported cases of measles, in contrast to 2,654 cases and 68 deaths in 2018. The authorities in Manila have declared an outbreak situation of the contagious disease in several areas of the country including the capital Manila.

The Health Ministry has issued a Travel Advisory to Pakistan Citizens in the wake of Measles Outbreak in Philippines. Ejercito, chairman of the Senate committee on health and demography, stressed the importance of vaccines-administered free in barangay health centers-to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

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The health department recently said that 830,000 school children aged 9 and older were given the drug, a revision from an earlier estimate of 740,000. Among its complications include diarrhea, infection of the lung and ear, encephalitis, malnutrition, and blindness which may lead to death.