Pakistanis advised to avoid non-essential travel to Philippines after Measles Outbreak

Measles outbreak declared in Philippines

More measles cases detected in Philippines - Xinhua |

Based on validated data, Duque said 575 cases including nine deaths have been recorded in Calabarzon, a figure that represented a 2,538 increase over the measles cases reported a year ago.

Found in Manila, the hospital is known as a referral center for infectious diseases of the DOH and has seen 1,355 cases of measles as of February 5, 2019.

In the eastern part of central Philippines, the uptick has been as high as 5,000 per cent, from just a single case a year ago to 54 as of Jan 26.

According to the Department of Health, the number of unvaccinated children has risen by over 100,000 in the a year ago.

The vaccine's maker, Sanofi, set off a panic when it said a new analysis showed Dengvaxia could lead to more severe symptoms for people who had not previously been infected with dengue.

The health department reported that vaccine coverage rate plunged to 40 per cent previous year (2018) from 70 per cent in 2017. Senators JV Ejercito and Nancy Binay urged parents to have their children vaccinated against infectious diseases in the wake of the measles outbreak.

"To the parents, let's not take the health of our children for granted".

The Country had recently carried out successfully the largest ever measles vaccination campaign for children across Pakistan.

"I hope concerns like this should not be politicized because the lives of the children are at stake here", she said. "You know, the President is always affected by any negative outcome that relates to children". "The [Health] secretary was saying that some of our people are reluctant to undergo immunization by reason of the Dengvaxia scandal".

He said the Department of Health is also expected to work closely with the Presidential Communications Operations Office in raising public awareness about the importance of vaccines to ensure public health.

The announcement of the rise in measles cases in Cebu City has prompted parents to avail of the free vaccination for this disease. But the PAO chief said it was the DOH's duty to spread vaccine awareness.

But she reminded parents yesterday that immunity from diseases is "the best inheritance" they could leave their children.

The dedication of isolation rooms for measles cases and establishment of "measles fast lanes", immunization of workers, along with the strict implementation of infection control protocol, are among the actions of the health department in interrupting the transmission of disease in the hospitals.

The President earlier ordered a vigorous campaign to promote the complete immunization for children.

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