Philippines has seen a 153% increase in measles and rubella cases since the start of the year

(ORDO NEWS) — The number of cases of measles and rubella in the Philippines increased by 153% in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period in 2021. This was announced by the Ministry of Health of the Republic on Wednesday.

According to him, from January 1 to September 17, 450 cases of the disease were registered, compared with 178 during the same period last year.

The majority of measles and rubella cases this year were detected in Calabarzon (70 cases), Central Visayas (61 cases) and Manila (47 cases).

“Regions IV-A, VIII, IX, X and XII showed an increase in the incidence from August 21 to September 17, 2022,” the ABC-CBS media group quotes excerpts from the department’s report.

The Philippine Ministry of Health, citing forecasts from UN agencies, has previously stated that a measles outbreak is possible in the country in 2023 due to the fact that a small number of children receive routine vaccinations.

The ministry also reported that from August 21 to September 17, 2022, the threshold levels of the measles epidemic were exceeded in five of the 17 regions of the republic.

“Nationally, 36 cases were classified as laboratory-confirmed measles and 37 as laboratory-confirmed rubella,” the Ministry of Health explained.

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