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15 May 2019 description

A. Situation analysis

6 February 2019: The DOH declared a measles outbreak in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 3 (Central Luzon). PRC escalated preparations at chapter and National HQ levels and started to mobilize community health volunteers for rapid assessment and disease surveillance.

7 February 2019: DOH announced that the measles outbreak had spread to more areas in Luzon and Visayas in CALABARZON, Region 6 (Western Visayas) and Region 7 (Central Visayas).

11 May 2019 description

Globally, between 2016 and 2017, the number of reported measles cases increased by 31%, while in the WHO Western Pacific Region (WPR), the total number of cases reported decreased by 82% during the same period. However, there was an increase in cases reported in WPR, from 11 118 in 2017 to 26 163 cases in 2018. A resurgence of measles cases has been seen in all WHO Regions.

26 Apr 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

An estimated 2.9 million Filipino children are unvaccinated and remain vulnerable to life-threatening diseases

MANILA, 25 April 2019 — An estimated 2.9 million Filipino children are unvaccinated and remain vulnerable to life-threatening diseases such as measles, rubella and polio, UNICEF highlights today as it marks World Immunization Week from 24-30 April.

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

Measles outbreaks in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region are putting babies, children and young people at risk and threatening progress towards wiping out the disease.

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

The following syndrome has been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia

Other updates:

Dengue-like illness, Dengue

**• Tuvalu **Ministry of Health (MoH) reports cases of dengue-like illness with onset dates in epi week 12 (week ending 24 March 2019). Community clean up campaigns are being organised as well key messages to the general public developed. [Source: Tuvalu MoH]

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.

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