The number of measles cases between January and February 2019 was at 13,470, Health spokesperson Undersecretary Eric Domingo told radio DZMM. There were only 4,300 cases in the first week of February.A total of 203 patients who contracted measles in 2019 have died as of February 22 this year, the Department of Health said Friday.
The government declared a measles outbreak early February after hundreds of children contracted the airborne disease in Metro Manila and parts of Central Luzon and Central Visayas. Most of the cases were documented in the National Capital Region, Cagayan and MIMAROPA, Domingo said.
The measles outbreak may wane in April as the DOH moves to vaccinate some 12 million Filipinos against the disease, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier said. The Department of Education is also considering a “no vaccination, no enrollment policy” to push more parents to avail of anti-measles shots.