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Published On: Sat, Sep 12th, 2015

Philippines measles 2015: Cases and deaths way down compared to 2014

The measles outbreak in the Philippines made world headlines last year many times, especially for imported measles outbreak in Western countries like the US and Canada linked to travelers from the archipelago.

Measles in child/CDC

Measles in child/CDC

By the end of 2014, the Philippines saw more than 58,000 measles cases and 110 deaths linked to the vaccine preventable disease.

However, 2015 is a new year and after extensive vaccination campaigns one year ago called “Ligtas sa Tigdas”, or translated “Safe from measles”, we see the measles case count is dramatically down during the first seven months of the year.

From Jan 1. to Jul. 31, 2014, health officials saw 44,624 suspected and confirmed measles cases in the country. During the same period in 2015, that number has dropped to 2,384 total cases.

In addition, the measles death tally this year is two. This compares to the first 7 months of 2014 when 91 fatalities were reported.

Related: How contagious is measles? Answer: Very

According to the World Health Organization, measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. In 1980, before widespread vaccination, measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year.

The disease remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Approximately 145,700 people died from measles in 2013 – mostly children under the age of 5.

Robert Herriman is a microbiologist and the Editor-in-Chief of Outbreak News Today and the Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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