UNICEF-WHO Philippines: Measles Outbreak, Situation Report 5, 12 March 2019

Report
from World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund
Published on 12 Mar 2019

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.

Data from 2018 shows that 10% of cases are between 6 and 15 years of age, whereas 15% are between 16 and 30 years of age. The majority of measles cases are male (53%).
As of 7 March 2019, 60% of cases are not vaccinated.

The below graph shows the trend of the current outbreak, which started late 2017 in Mindanao. Whereas no data was available for week 6 in 2019, the number of newly reported cases is observedly decreasing from week 7 in 2019. Data collection through DoH routine surveillance system can be delayed up to 2 weeks, affecting the number of reported cases.