NegOr con­firms 12 measles cases; none yet in Cebu


ABOUT 12 out of 21 cases of measles had al­ready been con­firmed in Negros Ori­en­tal a week af­ter the De­part­ment of Health (DOH-7) re­gional of­fice de­clared a measles out­break in the prov­ince.

DOH re­gional di­rec­tor Jaime Ber­nadas said they ini­ti­ated an out­break re­sponse im­mu­niza­tion pro­gram in the prov­ince in co­or­di­na­tion with the lo­cal health of­fices and barangay health cen­ters.

“Since the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Negros Ori­en­tal gave the go-sig­nal for a prov­ince wide re­sponse, we will map out all six months old to five-year-old chil­dren and make sure that they’ll be vac­ci­nated,” Ber­nadas said.

Ber­nadas said most of these cases are adults who can be­come a car­rier of the virus that can in­fect tod­dlers es­pe­cially those that were not vac­ci­nated.

“The dis­ease it­self is not fa­tal, but chil­dren who will get in­fected with measles can ac­quire com­pli­ca­tions of bron­chop­neu­mo­nia which can be fa­tal,” he said.

The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vac­cine can be bought at P700 to P1,000 through a li­censed pri­vate health prac­ti­tioner. But Ber­nadas said these vac­cines are avail­able in barangay health cen­ters for free.

“We are giv­ing two doses of the vac­cine. The sec­ond one is a booster in or­der that a per­son can ac­quire full im­mu­nity against measles virus,” he said.

Ber­nadas said there are no measles cases recorded in Cebu as of now. He also urged par­ents to com­plete the im­mu­niza­tion of their chil­dren to avoid fu­ture in­ci­dents of measles out­breaks. /

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