In addition to the NCR area, health officials are also closely monitoring the Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa (Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Bicol region, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Cordillera region, and Caraga for measles. READ: "Measles under control" In San Lazaro Hospital alone, at least 248 children and 21 adults are being treated for measles, according to its spokesperson.
The Philippines on Wednesday declared a measles outbreak in the capital city of Manila.
The three new cases include a woman in her 20s, who came in contact with a measles patient living in northern Taiwan, confirmed as an imported case from Vietnam on January 16, and another two imported cases - one man in his 30s from Haiphong City, Vietnam and a 7-year-old girl from Manila, the Philippines, according to a CDC statement.
The number is way too high compared with 20 cases in the same period in 2018.
Duque has sought to assure parents that the vaccination for measles is not similar to the Dengvaxia vaccine.
On the contrary, there were fewer measles cases recorded in January compared to the same period previous year.
He said that Calabarzon - a collective name for the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon - had the highest number of measles cases at 575, including nine deaths.
Prior to the dengvaxia scare, Corpin said that Cebu City was able to reach 90 percent of the total population for the MMRV vaccination.
Duterte earlier urged parents not to let the Dengvaxia controversy stop them from having their children vaccinated to fight diseases.
"I hope concerns like this should not be politicized because the lives of the children are at stake here", she said. Among its complications include diarrhea, infection of the lung and ear, encephalitis, malnutrition, and blindness which may lead to death. Ejercito, chairman of the Senate committee on health and demography, stressed the importance of vaccines-administered free in barangay health centers-to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.
The Country had recently carried out successfully the largest ever measles vaccination campaign for children across Pakistan. The move was welcomed by presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo Thursday, even as he acknowledged that Acosta may have scared the public from getting immunized.
This was largely blamed on the government's public attorney, Persida Acosta, who said she was preparing legal action against Aquino and Duque for dozens of deaths she attributed to Dengvaxia use. "I can not be blaming her for that", he said.