The Central Visayas region in the Philippines, which includes the provinces of Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor, have reported a 1175 percent increase in measles cases in 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.
From the beginning of the year through August 6, the Central Visayas (Region VII) reported 51 measles cases. This compares to four cases reported in 2021 during the same time period.
Measles is up nationally across the archipelago with 339 cases, a 153 percent increase compared to 2021 (134 cases).
According to a Crisis24 report, measles vaccination coverage in the Philippines is estimated at 57 percent, much lower than the 92-95 percent required to prevent wider community transmission.
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