Measles cases in WV continue to rise

The Department of Health (DOH-6) is recording an average of 20 suspected cases of measles every day since the outbreak declaration.

Dr. Mary Jane Juanico, DOH-6’s Child Health Program medical coordinator, said they recorded 359 suspected cases of measles in the region as of Feb. 10.

But only ten of the total number are confirmed cases, including three deaths from the provinces of Negros Occidental (two) and Antique.

Negros Occidental has the highest suspected cases with 144, followed by Antique, 101; Bacolod City, 54; Iloilo province, 20; Capiz ,15; Aklan, 12, and Iloilo City, 8. Guimaras has zero cases.

In its bid to intensify the measles vaccination program, the DOH-6 sought the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-6) and the Department of Education (DepEd-6) and talked about

Juanico said DOH-6 Director Dr. Marlyn Convocar recently met with DSWD-6 Director Evelyn Macapobre and DepEd-6 Assistant Director Victor De Gracia and talked about the immunization program in April.

According to her, there are still around 170,000 Grades 1 to 7 pupils and around 100,000 pre-schoolers who are unimmunized.

The outbreak was declared in the region on Feb. 7.

Measles, according to the DOH, is caused by a virus that infects the respiratory tract. The disease can be transferred from person-to-person by sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact.

Symptoms of measles include fever, reddening of the eyes, cough and colds, and red rashes.

The disease’s complications include severe diarrhea, pneumonia, encephalitis, blindness, and even death.IMT

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