55 children killed by measles, says DOH

55 children killed by measles, says DOH

- The Department of Health (DOH) has recently declared a measles outbreak in the National Capital Region

- The health department has raised the red flag to other parts of Luzon and Visayas

- There had been 55 deaths recorded due to measles

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The Department of Health (DOH) said that 55 children were declared dead due to the measles or “tigdas” outbreak. KAMI learned that the children killed by measles were aged 3 months to 4 years old.

In a report by Inquirer, there were 1,505 patients admitted at San Lazaro Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Around 1,355 of them were teenagers and children.

According to the DOH, there has been a 550 percent hike of recorded measles since last year. For the first three weeks of January, there were 169 recorded cases of measles in Metro Manila alone.

The DOH has recently raised the measles outbreak in other regions of Luzon, Eastern, and Central Visayas.

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As previously reported by KAMI, the DOH has officially declared a measles outbreak in the National Capital Region (NCR). Health Secretary Francisco Duque confirmed the outbreak which was based on the increasing number of patients being admitted at the San Lazaro Hospital.

The DOH said that the low coverage of vaccine due to the Dengvaxia scare is one of the reasons why there has been a measles outbreak in the country.

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