By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Epidemiology Bureau of the Philippines Department of Health, in an update today, now reports 515 cumulative measles cases through November 5 this year.
This is a more than 200 percent increase in cases (201%) compared to the same period in 2021 when 171 cases were reported.
Regions reporting the most cases include Calabarzon (93), the Central Visayas (67) and Metro Manila (64).
One death was reported this year to date in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region In Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads through the air by direct contact with infectious droplets or by airborne spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. The measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace after an infected person leaves an area.
People can spread measles up to four days before and four days after a rash.
Signs and symptoms of measles include maculopapular rash, high fever, and a cough, runny nose, or red, watery eyes.
Measles can be severe in all age groups and can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and death. Several groups are more likely to suffer from measles complications, including children younger than five years of age, adults older than 20 years of age, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems, such as from leukemia or HIV infection.