Philippines health officials report an increase in measles cases early in the year. According to official data, 28 measles cases have been reported in the first two weeks of January (Jan. 1-14).
This is a 600 percent increase compared to the first two weeks of 2022 when four cases were reported.
Central Luzon has already recorded five cases, while the Ilocos region and Calabarzon have seen four cases each.
No deaths have been reported.
Caused by a highly contagious virus, measles spreads from person to person by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Signs and symptoms of measles include rash, high fever and a cough, runny nose, or red, watery eyes. People can spread measles up to 4 days before and 4 days after they have a rash. Measles can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and even death.
Vaccination with a measles-containing vaccine is the best way to make sure that you are protected.