The Philippines Department of Health has reported increases in most vaccine-preventable diseases in 2022 year to date, according to their latest data published this week.
Through September 10, 2022, the number of diphtheria cases in the Philippines has grown to 42. This is 62 percent higher than the 26 cases reported during the same period in 2021.
The National Capital Region (NCR) and Calabrazon have reported the most cases with 16 and 13, respectively.
Fifteen deaths have been reported to date, more than the 10 deaths reported last year with a case-fatality rate of 35.7 percent.
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The Philippines has seen a 154 percent increase in measles cases in 2022. Health officials have reported 373 cases through September 10, up compared to the 147 cases reported in the same period in 2021.
The Central Visayas is the region with the most cases with 57, followed by Calabarzon (54) and the NCR (41).
One measles death was reported in the BARMM – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao region.
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Non-neonatal tetanus are cases of tetanus reported occurring after the neonatal period (aged > 28 days), according to the World Health Organization.
Philippines officials have reported 509 non-neonatal tetanus year to date, a 27 percent increase comared to the same time frame in 2021 (402).
109 fatalities have been reported (21.4%), up from 95 last year.
The Central Visayas (55), Calabarzon (49) and the Cagayan valley region (48) have reported the most cases.
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Other vaccine-preventable diseases have also seen an increase to include Rubella (20% increase) and neonatal tetanus (120% increase).
Pertussis, or whooping cough, is the one vaccine preventable disease that saw a decrease in 2022 to date with a 20 percent decrease in cases reported.
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