- The Department of Health has recently declared a measles outbreak in some parts of Luzon and Visayas
- From January 1 to February, 70 were declared dead due to measles
- 66 percent of those who died had no history of immunization against measles
The Department of Health has confirmed 70 deaths caused by measles in the Philippines. KAMI learned that there were about 4,302 people infected with measles from January 1 to February 9, 2019, according to Health Secretary Francisco Duque.
In a report by Rappler around 1,296 cases of measles were recorded in the National Capital Region and 18 of them were declared dead.
According to Usec. Eric Domingo, one to two percent of children infected with measles eventually die. He also shared that there are two possible factors of the measles outbreak. First, the low coverage of vaccination due to the Dengvaxia scare. Second, that measles is an airborne infection which means it easily spreads in an environment.
“It’s not like polio, where it has to get into the water and the water has to be taken and the child has to be unprotected. This one, ang daling mahawa kaya it spreads like wildfire every time you have low immunization coverage in one area,” Domingo said.
“Once pneumonia sets in and then you get secondary bacterial infections, tuloy-tuloy na, mabilis downhill kasi yung maliit na bata, the health system is so fragile,” he added.
As reported by Inquirer, 79 percent of those who died due to measles were aged one month to 31 years old and that they had no history of immunization.
The DOH also shared that 66 percent of those infected with measles are those who did not get a vaccine against the aforementioned disease.
In a previous report by KAMI, DOH has confirmed a measles outbreak across the National Capital Region. They said that they based it on the increasing number of patients with suspected measles being admitted at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila. Later on, the DOH has also raised the red flag in other parts of Luzon and Visayas.
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