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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.

12 Feb 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

MANILA, 8 February 2019 – UNICEF is alarmed at the recent reports of various occurrences of measles outbreak across the Philippines. Reported incidences of death and illnesses in children from the vaccine-preventable disease is unacceptable. Recent reports from the DOH and the World Health Organization (WHO) show there are more than 20,000 reported measles cases in the country as of December 2018, a 500 per cent increase compared to last year.

11 Feb 2019 description


Nearly 500 people were temporarily displaced in Kyaukme Township of Shan State following fighting between the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) and the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) on 9 February. The displaced people are staying in two locations in Kyaukme Town where they have received initial assistance including food and other relief items provided by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) and local community. However, blankets, warm clothes and sleeping mats are urgently needed.

11 Feb 2019 description

Current Situation

During 2018, a total of 21,812 measles cases were reported in the Philippines: a 376% increase with 2017. With a Case Fatality Rate of 0.93%, 202 people died of the disease in 2018, most of them children.

Between 1 and 9 February 2019, an additional 4,302 measles cases including 70 deaths were officially reported through the routine surveillance system from the Philippines Department of Health (DoH): a 122% increase with the same time period in 2018 (see Table 1).

09 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.

08 Feb 2019 description

FOLLOWING the midnight visit of Chairman Richard Gordon to the measles patients confined in San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is closely coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) in providing assistance relevant to the surge of patients due to the measles outbreak.

Gordon said PRC is ready to provide medical interventions, including the establishment of a 100-bed emergency medical unit (EMU) and welfare desks at San Lazaro Hospital (SLH).

08 Feb 2019 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Philippine Red Cross, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.

The situation

08 Feb 2019 description

The Department of Health (DOH) raised today the red flag for measles in other regions of Luzon, Central and Eastern Visayas aside from yesterday’s declaration in the National Capital Region.

06 Feb 2019 description

The Department of Health (DOH) today declared a measles outbreak at the National Capital Region (NCR).

Based on data presented by the DOH Epidemiology Bureau, the number of measles cases at the National Capital Region from 1 to 19 January 2019 has reached 196 cases as compared to 20 cases reported in the said region at the same time period in 2018. For the whole year of 2018, NCR registered 3, 646 measles cases as to against 351 cases in 2017.