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21 Feb 2019 description

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Feb. 20 (PIA)—The Department of Health (DOH) here is on the brink of declaring a measles outbreak in some parts of the region after a 500% spike in cases in February this year compared to last year’s record in the same period.

Dr. Rio L. Magpantay, DOH regional director, said as of February 17, 2019, Cagayan province has the highest counts at 34 cases followed by Isabela at 24, Nueva Vizcaya at 11 and Quirino at 4. Batanes has, so far, registered zero measles cases.

21 Feb 2019 description

By Leonard T. Pineda, I

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) -- Several government agencies have joined hands to support the quick implementation of a mass immunization campaign to abate the increasing measles cases in Western Visayas.

In a press conference held at the Department of Health (DOH) Center for Health Development Regional Office-6, Dr. Mary Jane Roches Juanico, DOH-6 Medical Officer III, said the agency has conducted several multi-sectoral meetings in order to address the measles outbreak in the region.

21 Feb 2019 description

By Roi Anthoni Lomotan

DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 19 (PIA) -- Health officials here are appealing for cooperation from parents as the Department of Health (DOH) embarks on a house-to-house and school-based immunization campaign for children in Negros Oriental.

In a Kapihan sa PIA forum, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Socrates Villamor said the move is DOH-7’s response to address the high number of measles cases in Central Visayas which is included in the list of regions where measles outbreak have been declared.

20 Feb 2019 description

More than 8,440 cases of measles – including 136 deaths from the disease – have been recorded in several regions of the Philippines, including the capital city Manila.

In response, the authorities are working with the Philippine Red Cross and the World Health Organization to ramp up public information campaigns and vaccination activities in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan. The Red Cross is also employing interventions to increase vaccine coverage and care and support for people currently in hospitals.

20 Feb 2019 description

By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Feb. 20(PIA) - - Measles cases in Region 9 have gone down to 81 from January 1 to February 18, 2019 with zero deaths compared to 404 recorded cases with two deaths recorded during the same period last year, reported Dr. Dennis A. Dacayanan, Head, Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU), Department of Health (DOH) Region 9.

20 Feb 2019 description

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 20 (PIA) -- Aside from the parental care and protection given by the parents to their children, the government and the Department of Health - Center for Heath Development (DOH-CHD) Caraga still want to ensure that they will not acquire measles and suffer from its complications.

19 Feb 2019 description

Measles cases are rising in the Philippines with the Department of Health (DOH) declaring measles outbreaks in five regions in the country, including in Metro Manila. The DOH reported over 4,300 confirmed measles cases from 1 January to 10 February 2019 – more than double the number of cases compared to last year. Severe complications from measles have also claimed the lives of 70 people, 1 in 3 of which were children younger than 9 months old.

19 Feb 2019 description

1. What is the measles situation in the Philippines?

The Department of Health (DOH) declared measles outbreaks in five regions in the Philippines – Metro Manila (NCR), Central Luzon (Region 3), CALABARZON (Region 4A), Western Visayas (Region 6), and Central Visayas (Region 7). Other regions also have rising measles cases and are at risk for possible outbreaks if the epidemic is not contained. Last year, measles outbreaks were also declared including in Mindanao (Davao City, Zamboanga City) Metro Manila (Taguig City), and some areas in Negros Oriental.

18 Feb 2019 description

INDONESIA

During the past week, forest fires and haze hit Riau Province affecting an area of about 498 hectares. According to the local agency for disaster management (BPBD), the most impacted area is Bengkalis District with 322 hectares affected.
498 hectares affected by fires

MYANMAR

18 Feb 2019 description

By Bridgette May Bayhon

CEBU CITY, Cebu, Feb.12 (PIA)--The Department of Health (DOH)-7 has placed public health units and hospitals on ‘code white’ alert to address the measles outbreak in Central Visayas.

This means that all hospital staff is ready to cater to patients with measles and that they will be prioritized.

In a recent AGIO-PIA7 Forum, Dr. Shelbay Blanco of DOH said that the department has strengthened all their preventive measures to ensure that the cases of measles will no longer increase.

18 Feb 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 7 February 2019 aside from the declaration of National Capital Region (NCR) on 6 January 2019.

18 Feb 2019 description

In continuation of efforts to contain the measles crisis in the country, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) immunized a total of 1,307 children in Baseco, Manila for the first phase of its community-based measles control program.

Over the weekend, PRC deployed 250 volunteers composed of doctors, nurses, health workers, and logistics assistants to conduct house-to-house vaccination and station-based operations in Corazon Aquino Health Center, in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

17 Feb 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 7 February 2019 aside from the declaration of National Capital Region (NCR) on 6 January 2019.

15 Feb 2019 description

Updates:

Typhoid

Since September 2018 there have been 67 cases of typhoid fever including 1 death reported from two locations in Fiji. On 12 February, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services reported a downward trend of cases. [source]http://fijivillage.com/news/Medical-officials-contained-typhoid-outbreak-cases-and-did-not-take-leave---Waqainabete-sk5r29/

Leptospirosis

15 Feb 2019 description

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) assures its full support to the government in responding to the increase in measles cases by providing humanitarian assistance, especially through the installation of emergency field medical tents in crowded hospitals.

Following the Department of Health (DOH)’s declaration of a measles outbreak in various parts of the country last February 6, PRC set up a 20-bed and a 50-bed Emergency Medical Units (EMU) or outdoor hospitals at two of the most crowded hospitals in Manila.

15 Feb 2019 description

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC)’s emergency medical unit (EMU), which serves as an extension wing for patients with measles at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, is now fully operational.

The installation of the 40-bed EMU addresses the overflow of patients in line with the declaration of a measles outbreak in various part of the country, including the Metro Manila.

Chairman Richard Gordon, who leads PRC’s response to the outbreak, said the EMU mirrors the organization’s full support to the government and its health partners.

13 Feb 2019 description

Press Release/13 February 2019

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III called for a coordination meeting with several government agencies in response to the measles outbreak in several regions in the country.

12 Feb 2019 description

The Department of Health (DOH) today points to vaccine hesitancy as one of the reasons for the recent measles outbreak in some regions of the country.

Validated data from different regions of the country by the Epidemiology Bureau of DoH revealed that from 1 January to 9 February this year, a total of 4,302 measles cases have been reported, with 70 deaths.