Dept. of Health declares Measles outbreak in NCR

Dept. of Health declares Measles outbreak in NCR

This is a case of an outbreak that could have been prevented.
A week ago president Rodrigo Roa Duterte made an appeal to the public- to mothers not to be afraid of vaccines or vaccination programs of the government.
This was a direct result of the Dengvaxia vaccinations that has led to deaths of children inoculated with the miracle drug against Dengue.
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The Department of Health on Wednesday declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila and Central Luzon.
At least 861 suspected cases of measles, a highly infectious disease locally known as "tigdas," have been reported across the National Capital Region as of February 2, DOH Undersecretary Eric Domingo told CNN Philippines.
He says the numbers are high but the government authorities are already responding to the outbreak.
Manila, Caloocan, Marikina, Pasig, Navotas, Parañaque, Taguig, Pasay and Malabon. Are the cities with the most number of measles cases.
DOH's regional office in Central Luzon said more than 400 cases of measles have been recorded since January 1, 2019
Jesse Fantone, head of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, confirmed five dead from measles.
Domingo when asked said, the low coverage of measles vaccinations contributed to the rise in measles cases.
DOH earlier gave warning of a possible outbreak, saying 2.4 million children have not received the necessary measles vaccinations.
Ruby Constantino, DOH Disease Prevention and Control Bureau Director, said parents say they fear to have their kids immunized because of the Dengvaxia controversy resulting to some kids.

Virus during cold months

DOH Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag speaking with CNN Philippines Newsroom, said other areas may also experience an increase of number of measles cases, which is to be expected due to the virus circulating in the country during the colder months.
"That was in December, and will continue to be transmitted to vulnerable population, especially children which did not get their vaccination against measles," he said.
Tayag reiterates that measles vaccine will “really save lives.”
Just like other DOH officials, Tayag says that the people’s fear of vaccines after the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy may have contributed to the current rise of the measles cases, but other factors should also be considered.
"For many years, we only have enough vaccine coverage that will not allow us to eliminate measles from the country, and so therefore, the number of suceptibles accumulate that would explain why there will be outbreaks," he said.
Bakuna lang po talaga ang magiging pinakamainam naprevention po natin diyan. Yung magkakatigdas po, para naman hindi naman po nagkakaroon ng komplikasyon, ay kailangan po patignan niyo po kaagad 'yan," Tayag added..

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