In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Zamboanga City, in the southern Philippines, city health officials say the case count is 495 since the beginning of the year.

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

While officials were hoping to lift the outbreak status in the city, three measles cases were recorded in the past three weeks.

“We need to have zero cases for the past three weeks,” Dr. Annie Rose Amar of the City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit said.

In addition, officials have reported an increase in dengue fever cases in the past couple months. Dr. Amar noted there were 457 cases since September, compared to 287 dengue cases reported during the same period in 2017.

Through Sept. 8, 2018, Philippine health officials have reported 106,386 cases nationwide.