The high number of measles and dengue fever cases reported in Davao City has prompted health officials to call it “alarming”, according to a Philippines News Agency report Monday.


Davao City, located in the southern island of Mindanao, has reported 118 confirmed cases of measles and six fatalities to date this year. In addition, city health officials have reported 2,110 dengue fever cases, including 10 deaths.

Department of Health (DoH XI) communications officer, Divene Hilario said the increase measles case was due to the low coverage of vaccination. However, in September, the DOH XI will conduct a citywide vaccination of Measles Rubella, Tetanus, Diptheria and Oral Polio at designated sites.

DoH is targeting 95 per cent of the 0 to 15 months old babies for the Measles Rubella vaccination.

In the case of Dengue, Hilario noted the decrease in the number of cases in Davao region with 3,112 cases with 15 deaths as of July 21, 2014 compared to the same period last year with 6,410 with 42 deaths.