Philippines: measles cases sharply increase in Manila

Measles vaccination rates in the Philippines have been declining in recent years partly due to mistrust over a dengue vaccine scare

It did not mention figures where the percentage was derived.

DOH's measles vaccination program has been going on for the past 30 years.

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.

The two groups said that the increasing measles cases in the country are alarming.

The DOH yesterday said that since 26 January, 441 cases were recorded in Metro Manila, compared to 36 cases in 2018.

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

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QUICK-SPREADING VIRUS A father waits for his measles-stricken child to be admitted to the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Sta. The area has seen nine deaths since the beginning of the year.

The measles cases at San Lazaro now total more than half of the 2,654 cases it had for the whole of previous year.

The Health Ministry has issued a Travel Advisory to Pakistan Citizens in the wake of Measles Outbreak in Philippines.

Three more cases of measles have been confirmed in Taiwan, bringing the number to 11 since the beginning of the year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Friday.

The dedication of isolation rooms for measles cases and establishment of "measles fast lanes", immunization of workers, along with the strict implementation of infection control protocol, are among the actions of the health department in interrupting the transmission of disease in the hospitals.

"I urge parents and communities to take their children to the health centre to be immunised", she added.

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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.

Measles, locally known as "tigdas", is a highly contagious viral disease that is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons.

"We encourage government hospitals to convert at least one room into a measles isolation room to prevent the spread of the disease in the health facility", said Dr. Renilyn Reyes, Medical Officer IV, in a press briefing on Friday.

The sharp increase in measles cases and deaths prompted senators to call on the public to get children vaccinated.

The health department reported that vaccine coverage rate plunged to 40 per cent past year (2018) from 70 per cent in 2017. There is an outbreak of measles in the region. "You know, the President is always affected by any negative outcome that relates to children". The move was welcomed by presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo Thursday, even as he acknowledged that Acosta may have scared the public from getting immunized. "The [Health] secretary was saying that some of our people are reluctant to undergo immunization by reason of the Dengvaxia scandal". It said 60 had died, all of them children under 4.

The country's Public Attorney's Office indicted government officials in connection with deaths linked to the vaccine.

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It also has "supplemental immunization" covering local government units with measles cases.

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