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26 Mar 2019 description

Overview

Current measles outbreak started late 2017 in Mindanao. In 2018, 21,812 cases were reported with 202 deaths. Outbreak and supplementary immunization activities in 2018 were ineffective in addressing the outbreak as the immunization activity was met with increased vaccine hesitancy due to the Dengue vac-cine controversy. Weak routine immunization leading to a decrease in overall immunization coverage over the last decade resulted in low resistance or presence of herd immunity among younger children.

24 Mar 2019 description

A. Situation Overview:

  • Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is transferred from person-to-person by sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact. Its signs and symptoms include cough, runny nose, red eyes/conjunctivitis, fever, skin rashes lasting for more than three (3) days.

  • The Department of Health (DOH) raised the red flag for measles in other regions of Luzon, Central and Eastern Visayas on 07 February 2019 aside from the declaration of National Capital Region (NCR) on 06 January 2019.

21 Mar 2019 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Vanuatu
  • Prolonged Fever: French Polynesia

Other updates:

Influenza

  • Circulation of Influenza A(H3N2) has been reported by Wallis and Futuna. [Source: PacNet post 19 March]

  • Increase in Influenza-like illness cases reported by Solomon Islands [Source: Personal communication]

Leptospirosis

19 Mar 2019 description

Overview

Current measles outbreak started late 2017 in Mindanao. In 2018, 21,812 cases were reported with 202 deaths. Outbreak and supplementary immunization activities in 2018 were ineffective in addressing the outbreak as the immunization activity was met with increased vaccine hesitancy due to the Dengue vac-cine controversy. Weak routine immunization leading to a decrease in overall immunization coverage over the last decade resulted in low resistance or presence of herd immunity among younger children.

18 Mar 2019 description

By Leonard T. Pineda, I

ILOILO CITY, March 18 (PIA) -- The Department of Health (DOH)-6 is targeting 408,687 children in Western Visayas for measles vaccination through its intensified “Knock-out Tigdas” program.

Dr. Renilyn Reyes, DOH-6 Medical Officer IV, said that they will be conducting non-selective vaccination to 101 local government units (LGUs) in Region 6.

“The Knock-out Tigdas will start full operations on March 18,” she said.

18 Mar 2019 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia

  • Dengue-like Illness: Solomon Islands

Other updates:

Dengue

  • New Caledonia has reported 1,535 cases of dengue, including one death, between 1 January and 12 March. [source]

Measles

17 Mar 2019 description

A. Situation Overview:

  • Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is transferred from person-to-person by sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact. Its signs and symptoms include cough, runny nose, red eyes/conjunctivitis, fever, skin rashes lasting for more than three (3) days.

  • The Department of Health (DOH) raised the red flag for measles in other regions of Luzon, Central and Eastern Visayas on 07 February 2019 aside from the declaration of National Capital Region (NCR) on 06 January 2019.

16 Mar 2019 description

A. Situation Overview:

  • Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is transferred from person-to-person by sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact. Its signs and symptoms include cough, runny nose, red eyes/conjunctivitis, fever, skin rashes lasting for more than three (3) days.

  • The Department of Health (DOH) raised the red flag for measles in other regions of Luzon, Central and Eastern Visayas on 07 February 2019 aside from the declaration of National Capital Region (NCR) on 06 January 2019.

14 Mar 2019 description

Measles cases are rising in the Philippines with the Department of Health (DOH) declaring outbreaks in six regions in the country, including Metro Manila. The DOH reported over 18,500 confirmed measles cases from 1 January to 11 March 2019. Severe complications from measles have also claimed the lives of 280 children. As of 11 March 2019, 57.6% of the total 3.7 million target children have been vaccinated. This rapid increase of the outbreak throughout country is linked to low immunization coverage and hesitation of parents to have their children vaccinated.

14 Mar 2019 description

Manila / Kuala Lumpur / Geneva, 14 March 2019 - An estimated 3.7 million children under five in the Philippines are at risk during a measles outbreak that has already claimed 286 lives, most of them children or babies, the Red Cross is warning.

14 Mar 2019 description

By Leonilo D. Lopido

PALO, Leyte, March 13 (PIA) -- A top official of the Department of Health Regional Office 8 (DOH-8) on Monday reported a decreasing trend in measles cases in Eastern Visayas due to the intensified immunization activities.

In a press briefing at the DOH regional office here, Assistant Regional Director Exuperia Sabalberino said their immunization program already covered 50 percent of the 192,056 children population aged 6 to 59 months old, targeted for the outbreak immunization response.

12 Mar 2019 description

Current Situation Between 1 January and 7 March 2019, 18,553 measles cases including 286 deaths were officially reported through the routine surveillance system from the Philippines Department of Health (DoH): a 384%% increase with the same time period in 2018 (see Table 1).
With a median age of 2 years old, 56% of measles cases are under 5 years of age.

12 Mar 2019 description

A. Situation Overview:

  • Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It is transferred from person-to-person by sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact. Its signs and symptoms include cough, runny nose, red eyes/conjunctivitis, fever, skin rashes lasting for more than three (3) days.

  • The Department of Health (DOH) raised the red flag for measles in other regions of Luzon, Central and Eastern Visayas on 07 February 2019 aside from the declaration of National Capital Region (NCR) on 06 January 2019.

12 Mar 2019 description

By Rachelle Nessia

CEBU CITY, March 11 (PIA) -- As of March 6 this year, eight children are confirmed dead in Central Visayas due to complications from measles.

With ages ranging between five months to two years old, the casualties are from Moalboal, San Francisco, Pinamungahan, Carcar City, Consolacion, Lapu-lapu City, and Cebu City.

Dr. Shelbay Blanco, medical officer of Department of Health (DOH) Region 7, said majority of the children who died were undernourished.

09 Mar 2019 description

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) urges the public, especially its program beneficiaries, to comply with the government’s on-going vaccination program against the measles outbreak.

This came after the Department of Health (DOH) sought the assistance of DSWD for its disease prevention campaign amid the increasing number of measles cases around the country.

08 Mar 2019 description

The following syndromes have been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Federated States of Micronesia

  • Diarrhoea: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia

  • Prolonged Fever: Marshall Islands

Other updates:

Dengue

  • An additional 11 cases of dengue were reported from Palau. For further details please refer to PacNet post on 5 March (Palau Dengue Outbreak Report #13)

08 Mar 2019 description

As a measure to curb the continuous increase of measles cases in the country, the Philippine Red Cross has begun to vaccinate children in Olongapo City.

The latest mass vaccination drive carries more significance as it also commences PRC’s community-based measles control program in Central Luzon, in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and local health units.

PRC, under the leadership of Chairman Richard Gordon, has been working closely with DOH to counter the immunization gap in the Philippines.

08 Mar 2019 description

By Ruel Francisco

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite, March 7 (PIA) – The City Government of Tagaytay in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) CALABARZON recently held the first supplemental immunization activity in Ayala Mall Serin here.

DOH Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo graced the event and praised the local government’s efforts to intensify the campaign against measles.

07 Mar 2019 description

Manila/Kuala Lumpur/Geneva, 7 March 2019 – Children in the Philippines are at serious risk of a deadly measles outbreak that has already claimed the lives of 261 people, most of whom are youngsters under age five, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned today.