Philippines: Measles Outbreak (As of 14 March 2019)
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.