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DOH records 4,000 measles cases, 70 reported deaths

Parents bring their children to health centers for anti-measles vaccination (Photo by DZRH Val Gonzales)

The Department of Health (DOH) revealed that over 4,000 people have contracted measles with 70 people reported deaths caused by the outbreak itself.

On Monday, the data from the DOH Epidemiology Bureau revealed that there has been a total of 4,302 measles cases with 70 fatalities from Jan. 1 to Feb. 9 this year.

The DOH noted that 79% of those who died from measles, whose ages ranged from one month to 31 years old, had no history of vaccination. Meanwhile, those who were affected by measles ranged from one-month-old to 75 years old, with 34% of the cases were one to four years old and 27% were less than nine months old.

They also noted that 66% of those who were affected by measles had no history of vaccination against the said disease.

It also added that the National Capital Region recorded the most reported cases with 1,296 cases with 18 deaths, followed by Calabarzon with 1,086 cases with 25 deaths. Meanwhile, Central Luzon registered 481 cases with three deaths, Western Visayas with 212 cases and four deaths, and Northern Mindanao with 189 cases and five deaths.

Earlier, DOH declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Western and Eastern Visayas. It also stated that the recent measles outbreak in parts of the country could be attributed to vaccine hesitancy among the public.

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