In a follow-up on the measles epidemic in the Philippines, government officials report a nearly 1,000 case increase in a day period.

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As of Feb. 26, a total of 13,723 cases have been reported, including 215 fatalities since the beginning of the year.

CALABARZON (3,234), The National Capital Region-NCR (3,068) and Central Luzon (2,010) have recorded the heaviest burden of the disease. The three regions account for 61 percent of cases nationally.

Regions and provinces across the archipelago are taking action against measles.

Health officials in the Ilocos region, particularly in Pangasinan are intensifying the catching-up of vaccinations, advocacy and promotion.

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Local government units (LGUs) are being mandated to open health centers on weekends for immunization programs.

In Cavite, Gov. Jesus Crispin Remulla is seeking exemption from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) restrictions during the election period so that local government units (LGUs) could source out additional funds to address the measles outbreak in the province.

And in Zamboanga City, The City Health Office is set to conduct a measles immunization program in schools for children enrolled from kindergarten to Grade 6.

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Corazon Pagotaisidro, local health immunization program coordinator, said Tuesday the target are children who remain not immunized due to the refusal of the parents brought about by the Dengvaxia scare.