Measles Outbreak In NCR Declared By DOH

Measles Outbreak In NCR Declared By DOH

In 2018, the vaccinations also reached only 60 percent at the height of the dengvaxia scare which Corpin attributes to the rapid rise of measles cases on the same year which reached 28 cases in Cebu City.

In a news conference, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Alexei Nograles on Friday said the government might face legal issues in court if it implemented mandatory immunization for children.

Initially the epidemic was only declared for Metro Manila and Luzon, but on Thursday the Department of Health expanded the outbreak area to include other parts of the Philippines.

Since Jan. 1, there have been at least 55 deaths, mostly children below the age of 4 years old, the health department said.

Meanwhile, San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, in an email sent to The Manila Times on Thursday, said it had recorded 56 deaths from the measles outbreak as of Wednesday.

Authorities in the Philippines have declared an outbreak of the highly contagious measles virus in several areas including the capital, Manila.

"Nutritional support and oral rehydration are important measures to increase body resistance and replace lost body fluids caused by coughing, diarrhea, and perspiration", Duque said, adding that immunization and vitamin A supplementation of nine-month old children are the best defenses against measles.

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"I think it might be questioned before the courts somehow", he said. Of those cases, 1,114 were children.

He said he hoped that as the public saw the effect of avoiding vaccination, parents would have their children inoculated not only to protect them from diseases but also to improve a community's collective immunity.

Hontiveros claimed that Acosta politicized the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy, which forced parents not to have their children innoculated.

The DOH also reported 575 cases and nine deaths in Calabarzon, up from 21 cases and no deaths from January 1 to January 26, 2018.

The sharp increase in measles cases and deaths prompted senators to call on the public to get children vaccinated. Richard Gordon said in a statement.

The vaccine's maker, Sanofi, set off a panic when it said a new analysis showed Dengvaxia could lead to more severe symptoms for people who had not previously been infected with dengue.

In particular, Duque pointed out that about 1.8 million children have not been vaccinated nationwide due to the '"scare" arising from the use of the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine used in 2016 by then president Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino in its campaign to end the mosquito-borne dengue disease.

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