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21 Apr 2019 description

By Leonilo D. Lopido

PALO, Leyte, Apr. 20 (PIA) -- Around 66 percent of municipalities in Eastern Visayas have no reported measles cases as of April 13 for the past 42 days for children from six to 59 months old, according to the recent report of the Department of Health-Regional Office 8 (DOH-8).

“Ninety-four out of 143 municipalities is a good number,” DOH-8 Regional Director Minerva Molon said in a press briefing here last April 15.

14 Apr 2019 description

Overview

Current measles outbreak started late 2017 in Mindanao. In 2018, 20,827 cases were reported with 199 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 in recent years resulted in significant immunity gaps among younger children.

10 Apr 2019 description

By Jolina O. Mendoza

SAN FERNANDO CITY, April 8 (PIA) - - The Department of Health (DOH) reported an increasing trend in measles cases in the Ilocos Region

In the recently conducted first quarter meeting of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, Dr. Rosario Pamintuan, head of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the DOH Region 1, said from January 1, 2019 to March 23, 2019, there have been 1,160 measles cases recorded including 28 fatalities.

02 Apr 2019 description

By Leena Reikko, IFRC

For the past several weeks, the Philippine Red Cross emergency healthcare unit in the Philippines have been tending to the youngest of patients, children and babies coughing with fever, and whose bodies and faces are covered in red rashes. In early February, the local authorities declared a measles outbreak and since then 355 people have died, most of them children under 5 years of age.

But these patients are not the only ones at risk. Mothers treating their children in hospitals are now threatened by the same virus.

02 Apr 2019 description

Overview

Current measles outbreak started late 2017 in Mindanao. In 2018, 20,827 cases were reported with 199 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 vaccine 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.

29 Mar 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three simultaneous law enforcement operations of the Philippine army against non-state armed groups are reported as underway in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Sulu
  • El Niño brings drought and dry spells, with Mindanao as the most affected region
  • Children in the Philippines are at serious risk from a nationwide outbreak of measles, a highlycontagious disease which has already claimed the lives of over 300 people

FEATURE

28 Mar 2019 description

By Marie Joy L. Simpao

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Mar 28 (PIA) -- Department of Health (DOH) has seen a steady decrease of measles cases in Central Luzon in the past three to four weeks.

“Cumulatively, if we add the cases, they are increasing; but daily tally of cases now shows a steady decrease. Hopefully, it will go back to the low levels like the ones we had last year,” DOH Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (RESU) Head Dr. Jessie Fantone said.

27 Mar 2019 description

By Carlito C. Dar

BAGUIO CITY, March 26 (PIA) - - The Department of Health reminds the public to clean up possible mosquito breeding sites in their homes and surroundings with Dengue cases still in the upward trend.

DOH – Cordillera Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit head Geeny Anne Austria, in a Kapihan media forum Wednesday, reported that from January 1 to March 9, there were 1,267 Dengue suspect cases recorded in the region, a 73 percent increase compared to the 732 cases recorded during the same period last year.

27 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.

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.

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.

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.