Measles cases go past 16,000, deaths at 261 — DOH

Measles cases go past 16,000, deaths at 261 — DOH

As of March 2, the DOH reported on Monday that the figure of measles cases nationwide has ascended to 16,349 with 261 people dying after contracting the disease.

DOH Epidemiology Bureau’s most recent report shows a total of 1,411 measles cases were documented from March 1 to March 2. Bringing a total of cases to 16,349 from January 1st to March 2nd.

CALABARZON was listed having the greatest number of measles cases and deaths with 3,877 and 78, respectively as was followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) with 3,617 cases and 76 deaths.

According to DOH, the highly affected age group was between one to four years with 4,911 cases (30 percent) and 124 deaths (48 percent), followed by patients less than nine months old with 4,222 cases (26 percent), with 99 deaths (38 percent).

DOH also remarked that of 209 persons or 80 percent of those who died from measles as well as 9,975 people or 61 percent of those who contracted the disease had not been vaccinated.

DOH prior declaration of measles outbreak in Metro Manila and parts of Central Luzon and Central Visayas in early February having the number of cases peaked rapidly in those areas. Also raised a red health alert status with a gush of measles cases in the Bicol region.

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