Philippines measles cases top 500 in 2022

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by NewsDesk Lord, save her

The Office of Epidemiology of the Philippine Department of Health, in today’s update, reported 515 cumulative measles cases as of November 5 this year.

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This represents a 200% increase in cases (201%) compared to the same period in 2021 when 171 cases were reported.

The regions reporting the most cases include Calabarzon (93), Central Visayas (67) and Manila City (64).

One death has been reported this year so far in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARM).

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Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air by direct contact with infectious droplets or by airborne spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. The measles virus can survive for up to two hours in the airspace after an infected person has left the area.

People can spread measles up to four days before and four days after the rash appears.

Signs and symptoms of measles include a maculopapular rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, or red, watery eyes.

Measles can be severe in all age groups and can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (inflammation of the lungs) and death. Several groups are more likely to experience complications from measles, including children younger than five years old, adults over 20 years old, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as leukemia or HIV infection.

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