Via The Philippine Star: DOH exec: Measles cases in Metro Manila to rise further. Excerpt:
A Department of Health (DOH) official said the agency is expecting the number of measles cases in Metro Manila to increase further.
Health Assistant Sec. Eric Tayag said for every case of measles, up to 18 other individuals can get the virus.
"Because measles is highly contagious, those who will get sick are those who have not been vaccinated and did not get the disease in the past," Tayag said in a phone-patch interview on ANC on Monday afternoon.
Tayag said Health Sec. Enrique Ona was able to meet on with city health officials and hospital administrators in Metro Manila to plan a strengthened anti-measles drive.
He said the efforts to stop the outbreak will now be stepped up as children aged six months to five years will be vaccinated as soon as possible.
The official said children will be vaccinated ahead of the adults, who may have acquired measles or vaccination in the past.
"Between adults and children, it's the children who would most likely have complicated measles or die of measles," Tayag said. "It will be the children who will be the priority."
The DOH declared measles outbreaks in several areas in Metro Manila, which had majority of the cases recorded from Jan. 1 to Dec. 14, 2013.