Philippines reports 100 measles cases in 2023 to date, a 900% increase compared to last year


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The Philippine Department of Health reported in its latest EDCS Surveillance Report that the measles toll in the country had reached 100 as of February 4.

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This is a 900 percent increase compared to the 10 cases reported during the same period in 2022.

Region nine, the Zamboanga Peninsula accounts for 38 cases, the most of any region.

Other regions reporting an increase in cases include Calabarzon (14) and Central Luzon (11) among several others in single digits.

The Philippines reported 589 confirmed measles cases in all of 2022 and 206 in 2021.

Measles, caused by a highly contagious virus, is transmitted from person to person through breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Signs and symptoms of measles include a rash, high fever, cough, and runny nose or red, watery eyes. People can spread measles up to 4 days before the rash appears and 4 days after. Measles can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (inflammation of the lungs), and even death.

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