192 measles cases recorded in C. Lu­zon

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY IAN OCAMPO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— Cen­tral Lu­zon has been in­cluded among the ar­eas un­der the red flag for measles of the De­part­ment of Health (DOH).

The DOH in Cen­tral Lu­zon has recorded 192 sus­pected cases of measles. The DOH said that Cen­tral Lu­zon had an in­crease in recorded cases com­pared to the 32 cases re­coded in 2018.

The DOH, on Thurs­day, said it was “ex­pand­ing” the dec­la­ra­tion of the out­break to other re­gions in Lu­zon and the Vi sayas.

The DOH ear­lier warned that 2.4 mil­lion chil­dren are at risk of get­ting in­fected with measles be­cause of be­ing un­vac­ci­nated.

On Jan­uary 29, Duterte en­cour­aged Filipinos to get im­mu­nized against other dis­eases, say­ing par­ents should not be com­pla­cent when it comes to pro­tect­ing their chil­dren from ex­po­sure to health haz­ards.

Measles, caused by a virus that in­fects the res­pi­ra­tory tract, can be passed through di­rect con­tact and through the air. Its com­pli­ca­tions in­clude se­vere di­ar­rhea, pneu­mo­nia, blind­ness, and even death, ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Health.

Symp­toms of measles in­clude fever, red­den­ing of the eyes, cough and colds, and red rashes, the agency added.

— Chris Navarro

MABALACAT CITY FI­ESTA 2019. Fi­esta 2019 Chair­man Mabalacat City Mayor Cris Garbo (2nd, R), to­gether with Vice-Chair­man Jun Mag­balot (2nd, L), City Tourism Of­fi­cer Ar­win Lin­gat (L) and City In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Dil­lon Dion (R) show the cal­en­dar of ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing yes­ter­day’s press con­fer­ence at city hall.

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