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DOH lists three reasons for measles outbreak


The Department of Health underscored three reasons of the resurgence of measles outbreak in the country that has killed at least 21 people last year.

Among which are the exodus of survivors from typhoon-ravaged areas, limited access to health services in poor areas and parents’ hesitance to have their children vaccinated, Health Undersecretary Enrique Ona said.

But Ona said having children vaccinated doesn’t mean they’re already shielded from measles.

“You have to understand that, in medicine, there is no such thing as 100 percent. Like among 100 children, there may be two or three who would not develop antibodies,” the health official said.

Ona said the migration of typhoon survivors might have contributed to the measles outbreak.

“The numbers started to rise in September last year,” Ona said.

Three cases of measles patient have died, all in Metro Manila—one each in Caloocan, Malabon, Muntinlupa.

Health Undersecretary Eric Tayag said this outbreak would last until summer season.

The DOH said there are 417 cases reported in 2013 in contrast with 2012.

So far, nine National Capital Region (NCR) districts have most of the measles cases which include Quiapo, Sampaloc, Tondo, Binondo, Sta. Cruz and Sta. Mesa in Manila as well as Dagat-dagatan and Bagong Barrio in Caloocan City.

As response to the outbreak, the DOH launched a nationwide vaccination drive to prevent and control the outbreak from spreading. with Rommel Fuertes

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