The Philippines Department of Health reported in their latest EDCS Surveillance Report that the country’s measles tally has reached 100 through February 4.
This is a 900 percent increase compared to the 10 cases reported during the same period in 2022.
Region IX, Zamboanga Peninsula accounts for 38 of the cases, the most of any regions.
Other regions reporting an increase in cases include Calabarzon (14) and Central Luzon (11) among several others in single digits.
The Philippines reported 589 confirmed measles cases in all of 2022 and 206 cases in 2021.
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.