Via GMA News Online: San Lazaro Hospital fills up with measles cases as outbreak continues. Excerpt:
(Updated 9:00 p.m.) Of the 500 beds at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, 261 are filled with measles patients, with patients in one ward having to share beds as the city deals with an outbreak that began in October 2013.
In an interview, Dr. Jose Benito Villarama said the influx of measles patients started last October and rose steadily from November. By December 14, the Department of Health had tallied 1,724 measles cases across the country, 21 of which led to death.
“The increase in the number of measles patients has forced us to convert sections of San Lazaro Hospital into measles ward,” Villarama said.
At least 75 have died of the disease in 2013, according to a report on "24 Oras" aired Friday evening that quoted Villarama. "Usually, ito ay mga complicated na measles with pneumonia," he said.
As he led reporters on a tour of the hospital’s Pavilion 4, which houses 96 measles patients, Villarama disclosed two measles patients now occupy one hospital bed.
Three pavilions in the hospital were converted to measles wards, the report said.
Villarama said as soon as a measles patient shows signs of dehydration or difficulty in breathing, the patient must be rushed to the nearest hospital for medical attention.
The "24 Oras" report showed most of the patients were babies and children. One of the patient was three months old, puzzling even Health Assistant Secretary Enrique Tayag who said the common age for measles patients is six months.
Outside, dozens more wait for their turn to be admitted to the hospital full of patients, the report said.
In a separate press conference, Tayag said the National Capital Region reported the highest number of measles cases, registering 744 out of the 1,724 cases. In 2012, the DOH listed 1,536 measles cases.