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Suspected measles cases
now four, PHO head says


A house to house catch up immunization drive is underway, especially in Barangay Camugao, Kabankalan City, where four residents are suspected to have been hit with measles, Negros Occidental Provincial Health Officer Ernell Tumimbang said yesterday.

Negros Occidental’s provincewide measles immunization performance is at 69 percent and must hit the Department of Health set target of 95 percent, he said.

Tumimbang said house to house measles immunization drives will be stepped up, especially in Negros Occidental areas where there have been low vaccination performances.

The Negros Health Surveillance System team reported that of the four suspected measles cases in Purok Waling Waling, Barangay Camugao, two were admitted at the Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital and two were outpatient cases, Tumimbang said.

The two who were admitted were a 38-year-old male who is still hospitalized and a 8- month-old boy who has been discharged, he said.

The outpatients were two females aged 22 and 10, Tumimbang added.

They were reported to have had fever, rashes, conjunctivitis and cough, he said.

Specimens were collected from the patients for measles confirmation at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa, Tumimbang said.

The Department of Health recently declared measles outbreaks in Mabinay, Bacong, San Jose, Santa Catalina, Siaton and Valencia, and Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental.

Just one case in an area is considered an outbreak, Tumimbang said.

Zayco said Mayor Ernie Uy of Mabinay town located next to Kabankalan yesterday told him they only had two confirmed measles cases.

But the City Health Office will step up its measles immunization drive, especially in the Kabankalan barangays of Inapoy, Carol-an, and Tagukon that are located next to Mabinay, Zayco reiterated.

Kabankalan City is among the areas with a high measles vaccination performance, Tumimbang said.*CPG


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