June 11, 2023

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Measles cases increased by 186% – health department

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The Department of Health (DOH) reported an alarming increase of measles cases of 186% in the country last year.

Based on the latest Disease Surveillance Report of the DOH, it showed that 589 measles cases were recorded last year compared to 206 in 2021.

Calabarzon recorded the highest number of measles cases with 110 followed by Metro Manila with 77 and Central Visayas, 69.

Among the regions that recorded the highest increase in measles cases Central Visayas topped the list at 1,050% or 69 from the previous six cases; Mimaropa up by 633% or 22 cases from three, and Central Luzon at 308 cases at present.   

The Cordillera Administrative Region only reported a decline in cases from four to two.

Meanwhile, one measles-related death was recorded which reflects a case fatality rate of .2%

Earlier, the DOH had said that all the 17 regions in the country are at high risk for measles outbreak.

DOH-Epidemiology Bureau Dr. Alethea de Guzman cited the low immunization rate among children for the threat of infection.