DOH declares measles outbreak in NCR and Central Luzon

DOH has confirmed measles outbreak (tigdas) in NCR and Central Luzon.

According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque, compared to same period last year, tigdas cases in NCR has increased by 550 percent from January 1 to February 6, 2019 .

It was reported that as of Tuesday, 55 infants aged 3 mos. to 4 y.o already died in San Lazaro Hospital because of this air-born disease.

In Central Luzon DOH statistics confirmed  442 suspected cases of measles as of February 2.

Dr. Jesse Fantone, chief of the DOH’s Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit declared a measles outbreak.

Other regions in Luzon namely –  Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the Caraga Region are being monitored also.

Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo advised parents who have infants to avail of the free anti-measles vaccine in local health centers. Infants who were not vaccinated are at higher risks to be infected.

CDC.gov states that measles are confirmed to be “highly-contagious virus that can spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing.  Symptoms of measles such as high fever, cough, red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis) and runny nose (coryza) generally comes out at around seven to 14 days after a person gets the virus.Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots called Koplik spots may appear inside the mouth

Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots. The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit.After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades.”

The virus may infect the respiratory tract and cause complications such as
severe diarrhea, pneumonia, blindness, and even death.

DOH recommends that all suspected cases must be brought to the hospital immediately for early treatment.

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