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In an update on the measles outbreak in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) has reported 25,676 measles cases including 355 deaths (CFR-1.38%) through Mar. 26.

Image/Jim Goodson, M.P.H.
Image/Jim Goodson, M.P.H.

This is an increase of nearly 400 percent compared to the same period last year when the country reported 5364 cases and 51 deaths.

Nine Philippine regions have reported at least 1,000 cases with the National Capital Region and Calabarzon reporting the most with 5332 and 5165 cases, respectively. Cases are reported from all 17 regions.

Through Mar. 29, 3,890,653 children aged 6-59 months have been vaccinated against measles. 84% of all deaths are children under the age of 5.

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