3-month-old baby latest casualty of measles in WV

A three-month-old baby boy from Bago City, Negros Occidental is the latest casualty of measles in Western Visayas.

This brought the number of measles-related deaths in the region to 4.

According to Dr. Renilyn Reyes, medical officer of the Department of Health (DOH-6), the baby succumbed to “respiratory failure secondary to pneumonia with measles.”

“He died last Feb. 23,” she said.

As of March 1, the number of suspected measles cases in WV reached 818.

The province of Negros Occidental recorded 298 cases (including 3 deaths), the highest in the region. It’s followed by Antique with 186 cases (including 1 death); Bacolod City, 112; Iloilo province, 96; Aklan, 52; Capiz, 25; Iloilo City, 31; and Guimaras, 5.

Reyes said most of the patients with suspected measles are 9 months old and below.

Of the 818, only 51 are confirmed. Nine from Antique, 7 from Negros Occidental, and 4 from Bacolod City.

Dr. Jessie Glen Alonsabe, medical specialist of the DOH-6, said Negros Occidental has “a very mobile population because of the sugarcane workers.”

“Usually, they can hardly be reached by our vaccination teams because they tend to move residence to adjust to their workplace.”

The DOH-6 is targeting to vaccinate 408, 687 children (LGUs) in the region.IMT

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