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DOH says measles cases soared by 186% in 2022

January 25, 2023 - Wednesday 6:01 PM by Romeo Braceros Jr

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In 2022, there were 589 measles cases reported nationwide, a nearly 200 percent increase, according to the Department of Health's most recent Disease Surveillance Report.

The number is 186 percent greater than the 206 measles cases reported for 2021.

The National Capital Region (Metro Manila) had the second-highest number of cases with 77, followed by the Central Visayas region with 69, and the Calabarzon with 110.

The highest gain from 2021 was in Central Visayas, up 1,050 percent (69 from 6), followed by Mimaropa at 633 percent (22 from 3) and Central Luzon at 308 percent (49 from 12).

With only two instances, the Cordillera Administrative Region experienced the fewest disease cases and will be the only region to experience a drop in 2022 (2 from 4).

One measles death occurred in 2022, with a case fatality rate of 0.2%.

The DOH has stated that there is a significant chance of a measles outbreak in each of the nation's 17 regions.

Alethea de Guzman, director of the DOH Epidemiology Bureau, claims this is primarily due to the poor immunization rate reported among children in recent years.

According to De Guzman, measles outbreaks in the nation typically happen every four to five years, with the most recent occurring between 2018 and 2019.


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