DOH notes 18,553 measles cases; 286 related deaths
MANILA, Philippines — The number of people who have died after reportedly contracting measles have reached 286 in two months, the Department of Health (DOH) said.
In a latest report of the DOH’s Epidemiology Bureau dated March 8, a total of 18,553 measles cases and 286 fatalities were recorded from January 1 to March 7.
The number of deaths recorded this year is seven times higher than the 39 deaths recorded in the same period in 2018.
The health department said out of the 286 deaths caused by the airborne disease, 131 or 41 percent were aged 1 to 4 years old, while 110 or 26 percent were less than 9 months of age.
Meanwhile, 80 percent or 228 of those who have died did not have any history of vaccination, 28 have unknown vaccination status, and 30 had at least one dose of vaccination.
Metro Manila recorded the highest number of deaths at 82, followed by Calabarzon with 80 deaths, the DOH said.
Meanwhile, the highest number of measles cases were recorded at Calabarzon with 4,087 cases, followed by Metro Manila at 3,850. /jpv
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