By NewsDesk @bactiman63
Measles has been one of several serious epidemics the Philippines has battled this year– health officials have reported over 42,200 cases through early October, including 560 deaths.
Bicol province, in southern Luzon, has also reported a significant increase in measles cases in 2019. The Bicol Center for Health Development reports that 1,300 cases have been reported in the province, compared to only 288 reported last year–a 380 percent increase.
In addition, 17 measles-related deaths have been reported.
The Department of Health (DOH) advised parents to complete all recommended vaccines for their children.
Measles is very contagious virus that is spread through the air, usually through coughing and sneezing. The virus may remain in the environment for up to two hours after the infectious person has left the area. Exposure can occur even without direct contact with an infectious person. Early symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, cough and red eyes. A skin rash usually occurs three to five days later and begins and flat, red spots on the face.