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Philippines health officials have reported a 565 percent increase in measles cases year to date, according to health department data.

From January 1 through February 25, 2023, 133 measles cases have been reported, up from the 20 cases reported during the same period in 2022.

Regions reporting the most cases include the National Capital Region (NCR) (24), Zamboanga Peninsula (24) and Calabarzon (20).

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No measles deaths have been reported.

In addition to measles, the Philippines also reports increases in multiple vaccine-preventable diseases during the first two months of 2023: diphtheria up 233 percent, rubella cases up 300 percent and pertussis up 400 percent.