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Measles outbreak declared in Philippines

That's the reason why it's easily passed on.

The DOH recorded 525 cases with nine deaths in Calabarzon (Region IV-A); 441 with four deaths in NCR; 192 cases with four deaths in Central Luzon (Region III); 104 cases and three deaths in Western Visayas (Region VI); and 71 cases with one death in Central Visayas (Region VII).

Ernell Tumimbang said the provincial government has strengthened its immunization program to address the cases, which significantly increased in the past year.

A child receives a shot of measles vaccine during the house to house campaign against measles conducted by the Department of Health in an east suburban of Manila, Philippines.

Philippines health officials officially declared a measles outbreak in National Capital Region (NCR), which includes Manila on Wednesday.

Children with measles are treated as their parents accompanied them along a hallway inside the pediatric ward of the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, the Philippines, Feb. 7, 2019.

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Dr. Ryan Llorin, an Infectious Diseases specialist at St. Luke's Medical Center, attributes the uptick in measles cases primarily to the Dengvaxia controversy.

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. It is transferred from person-to-person by sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact. Its signs and symptoms include cough, runny nose, red eyes/conjunctivitis, fever, skin rashes lasting for more than 3 days.

"Learning from the UNICEF family about the outbreak of the measles, you know, this is why it's very important to have proper immunization", Curtis said during an event by UNICEF. You think it's a simple flu, cough, colds, it turns out, it's measles.

Parents have been reluctant to have their children immunised at government health centres, after complications related to a dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia.

Vice President Leni Robredo also expressed concern over the recent outbreak, urging the Duterte administration to encourage the public to start vaccinating their children and gain back their trust after the Dengvaxia scare.

There are two options for those who don't know their childhood vaccination history-do a measles Immunoglobulin G (IgG) test, which will indicate if you already had a measles infection in the past, or get vaccinated.



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