Measles cases go past 16,000, deaths at 261 — DOH
MANILA, Philippines — The number of measles cases reported nationwide has climbed to 16,349 with 261 people dying after contracting the disease, as of March 2, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday.
In the DOH Epidemiology Bureau’s latest report, a total of 1,411 measles cases were recorded from March 1 to March 2. This brings the total of cases to 16,349 from Jan. 1 to March 2.
Calabarzon registered the highest number measles cases and death, with 3,877 and 78, respectively, the report said.
It was followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 3,617 cases and 76 deaths.
According to DOH, the most affected age group was between one and four years old with 4,911 cases (30 percent) and 124 deaths (48 percent), followed by patients less than nine months old with 4,222 cases (26 percent), with 99 deaths (38 percent).
The DOH also noted that 209 persons or 80 percent of those who died from measles as well as 9,975 people or 61 percent of those who contracted the disease had not been vaccinated.
DOH earlier declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila and parts of Central Luzon and Central Visayas in early February as the number of cases sharply increased in those areas.
It also raised a “red flag” health alert status in Bicol due to a surge in measles cases in the region. /atm
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