CHO finds 13 new cases of measles in February alone

THE CITY Health Office recorded 13 new cases of measles at the start of February this year.

“The number of the suspected cases has gone up from 299 (in January) to 312,” said CHO chief Dr. Josephine Villafuerte.

“For now, we can’t say that it decreased but at least the increase is not as rapid,” she said.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease as it is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons. The measles virus causes rashes, coughs, runny nose, eye irritation, and fever. It can lead to pneumonia, blindness, and death.

The CHO has recorded at least 15 suspected deaths of children ages five years old and below.

The local government already declared a measles outbreak in the city following the number of residents affected by the infection.

According to various health standards, one to three cases is already considered an outbreak in terms of measles cases.

Meanwhile, Villafuerte said that children aged six months to 59 months across the city were already covered under Outbreak Immunization Response (ORI) through a door-to-door vaccination campaign.

During the campaign, a support dose of Vitamin A will be administered to children alongside the measles vaccine to prevent blindness.

Earlier, she said that 55,021 children six months to less than five years old were already vaccinated. That represents 36.33% of the total 151,468 targets.

he city chief health officer reminded the public regarding the signs and symptoms of measles such as high fever, cough, colds, sore throat, skin rashes, inflammation of the eyes and white spots on the inner lining of the cheeks.

The CHO records also showed that 38 of the 182 barangays were affected by the disease. The most affected barangays were in the populated downtown area of 23-C, 18-B, 31-D, 34-D, and 5-A, all in Poblacion District.

Also in the top 10 most affected barangays are Cawayan (Calinan), Manambulan (Tugbok), Matina Aplaya (Talomo), Matina Crossing (Talomo), and Biao Escuela (Tugbok).

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