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DOH to check on
‘measles outbreak’


MANILA - The Department of Health will send medical teams to one city and six municipalities in Negros Oriental to look into reported cases of measles, following the declaration of an outbreak by the province’s health office, an official said yesterday.

On Monday, the Provincial Health Office reported nine confirmed cases and 12 suspected cases of measles in Negros Oriental.

Of the nine confirmed, two were in Dumaguete City, two in Bacong, and one each in Mabinay, Sta. Catalina, San Jose, Siaton, and Valencia.

“We're going to send the teams and get samples to confirm," DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo said, adding that the medical teams will checking the laboratory results as well as the clinical manifestation of the reported outbreak.

He noted the importance of gathering samples and accurate data so they can prevent further transmission of the disease.

Normally, he said, whenever there is an outbreak, the department usually orders “catch-up” immunization where health workers go house-to-house, searching for unvaccinated children.

Once they have confirmed that is measles, the regular response activities, such as catch-up vaccination, will commence," he said.

For the first quarter of the year, the DOH has reported confirmed cases of measles in Davao, Zamboanga, and Taguig City.*PNA


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