DOH: Measles deaths now at 333

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

AT LEAST 333 peo­ple have al­ready suc­cumbed to measles in the coun­try less than three months into 2019, said the Depart­ment of Health (DOH).

Based on its lat­est Measles Sur­veil­lance Re­port, the DOH said the num­ber of deaths due to measles con­tin­ues to pull away from the 43 tal­lied dur­ing the same pe­riod of 2018.

Cases of measles also con­tinue to rise and are now at 22,967, as of March 19. This is way higher than the 4,818 cases recorded dur­ing the same pe­riod in 2018.

Hav­ing the most num­ber of deaths is Cal­abar­zon with 96, fol­lowed by the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR) with 87, and Cen­tral Lu­zon with 55.

Ma­jor­ity of the deaths (78 per­cent) in­volved those that were with­out measles im­mu­niza­tion, with 260.

Most of those who suc­cumbed to measles are those aged 1 to 4 years old with 147 (44 per­cent), fol­lowed by those less than nine months, with 133 (40 per­cent).

Data also showed that there were more deaths in­volv­ing males, with 199 cases (60 per­cent).

As for measles cases, Cal­abar­zon con­tin­ues to have the high­est num­ber with 4,740, fol­lowed by NCR with 4,512, and Cen­tral Lu­zon with 3,640.

There were more measles cases in­volv­ing those not given vac­ci­na­tion, with 13,549 (59 per­cent).

The most af­fected age groups are 1 to 4 years old with 6,551 (29 per­cent), fol­lowed by those less than nine months, with 5,826 cases (25 per­cent).

Ma­jor­ity of measles cases (53 per­cent) were also found to be males, with 12,122 cases. (HDT/ SunS­tar Philip­pines)

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