Via GMA News Online: DOH declares measles outbreaks in 5 Metro Manila cities | News. Click through for the full report and a 3:27 video. Excerpt:
The Department of Health declared measles outbreaks in five cities in Metro Manila Saturday as the number of patients infected by the viral disease continues to rise.
The cities where outbreaks have been declared are:
Caloocan Dagat-dagatan, Bagong Barrio
Las Piñas Talon Singko, Talon Dos
Manila Quiapo, Port Area, Sta. Mesa, Binondo, Sta. Cruz
According to a report aired on “Balitanghali” Saturday, the DOH has recorded 744 confirmed cases of measles in Metro Manila alone between January 1 to December 14, 2013. A total of 1,724 measles cases, meanwhile, have been reported across the country, 21 of which led to death.
In posts on his Twitter account, National Epidemiology Center head Dr. Enrique Tayag appealed to parents Thursday to bring their children to health centers for free vaccination.
Measles vaccination is free in health centers nationwide, he said.