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Monday, May 24, 2010

Philippines : Measles cases rise more than 300 percent

Via Malaya :

" TWO months after some parts of the country experienced a measles outbreak, the number of measles cases has almost reached the 2,000-mark based on statistics from the Department of Health’s National Epidemiology Center (NEC).

A NEC Disease Surveillance Report dated April 10 said a total of 1,794 measles cases have been confirmed since January 1. "Compared to the previous year, the number of confirmed cases increased by 387.5 percent," said the report.

During the same period in 2009, only 368 measles cases were confirmed by the DOH.
Most of the confirmed cases this year are found in the National Capital Region (967 cases), Calabarzon (268 cases), Central Luzon (105 cases), and Bicol (101 cases).

The number of deaths also grew from only three in 2009 to eight during the first three and a half months of this year.

"Five of the fatalities were less than 12 months of age, while two cases belonged to the 1-4 years age group, and one case is from 10 to 14 years," the report said."

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