Philippines Declares Widespread Measles Outbreak, Urges Parents To Vaccinate Children

Agence France-Presse: Philippines hit by deadly measles outbreak
“A growing measles outbreak in the Philippines killed at least 25 people last month, officials said Thursday, putting some of the blame on mistrust stoked by a scare over an anti-dengue fever vaccine…” (7/2).

BBC News: Measles outbreak declared in Philippines
“…As of 26 January there have been 1,813 measles cases and 26 deaths, according to the Department of Health Epidemiology Bureau. That is a 74 percent increase from 2018. … There is now increasing concern for the 2.4 million unvaccinated children…” (2/7).

CNN: Measles outbreak declared across the Philippines, citizens urged to get vaccinated
“… ‘We are expanding the outbreak from Metro Manila to other regions as cases have increased in the past weeks and to strengthen surveillance if there are new cases and alert mothers and caregivers to be more vigilant,’ Health Secretary Francisco Duque said…” (McKirdy/Sidhu, 2/7).

New York Times: Measles Outbreak in Philippines Spreads Beyond Capital
“…Salvador Panelo, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte, said on Thursday that the immunization rate for measles was low because the Dengvaxia scare had undermined public confidence in the government’s vaccination program. … He said Mr. Duterte had ordered a ‘massive immunization program’ for children in response to the measles outbreak…” (Gutierrez, 2/7).

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