- The Department of Health has declared measles or “tigdas” outbreak in the entire National Capital Region
- The outbreak was based on the increasing record of patients with measles in San Lazaro Hospital
- There are 861 reported suspected cases of measles in Metro Manila alone
The Department of Health has declared measles or “tigdas” outbreak in the entire National Capital Region (NCR). KAMI learned that DOH Secretary Francisco Duque has confirmed the outbreak on Wednesday.
“Yes. There is an outbreak of measles here in NCR, I would say,” Duque said as reported by Manila Bulletin.
The Health Secretary has based the outbreak in the increasing number of patients with measles in San Lazaro Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila. According to the epidemiology department, there are about 1,504 patients who experienced measles and 55 of them were declared dead as of January 1 to February 5.
Duque stated that one factor of the outbreak is the lack of vaccine coverage due to the Dengvaxia mess.
“Of course, that is always the cause of loss of vaccine confidence and trust of our people in the immunization program,” Duque stated.
In a report by CNN Philippines, DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo has also confirmed the outbreak. According to Domingo, there have been 861 cases of measles across Metro Manila.
He added that the cities which have the most cases of measles are Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila, Taguig, Marikina, Pasig, Parañaque, Pasay, and Malabon.
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