[Blueboard] DOH Measles Advisory

Office of Health Services [LS] healthservices.ls at ateneo.edu
Fri Feb 8 18:24:28 +08 2019

Press Release/6 February 2019

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.

“We are declaring an outbreak as cases have increased in the past weeks and
to strengthen surveillance of new cases and alert mothers and caregivers to
be more vigilant,” Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said.

The National Capital Region is composed 16 cities and one municipality.
These are cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, Quezon City,
Marikina, Pasig, Taguig, Makati, Manila, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pasay,
Parañaque, Las Piñas and Muntinlupa, and the lone municipality of Pateros.

Related to this health threat, other regions under tight watch by the DOH
include regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, 4B, 5, 6,7, 8, 9, CAR, CARAGA. These regions
need to likewise scale-up their response against measles and having all
unvaccinated children vaccinated against measles, a proven effective and
safe measure to further stop its spread, is required.

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 3 days.

The disease’s complications included diarrhea, middle ear infection,
pneumonia (infection of the lungs),encephalitis (swelling of the brain),
malnutrition, blindness which may lead to death.

“Nutritional support and oral rehydration are important measures to
increase body resistance and replace lost body fluids caused by coughing,
diarrhea, and perspiration,” Duque said, adding that immunization and
vitamin A supplementation of nine-month old children are the best defenses
against measles.

The DOH is advising mothers, the public to bring all suspect cases to the
nearest health facility for early treatment and proper case management.

Department of Health
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