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Published On: Sun, Mar 9th, 2014

Philippines: Measles outbreak declared in Cavite

Health officials in the province of Cavite have declared a measles outbreak in two dozen cities and municipalities after surveillance data revealed hundreds of cases, according to a Tempo report Sunday.

The report notes that the head of the Cavite Provincial Health Office (PHO),  Dr. George R. Repique reported 734 measles cases including three fatalities in the province.

Image/Mike Gonzalez (TheCoffee) via Wikimedia Commons

Image/Mike Gonzalez (TheCoffee) via Wikimedia Commons

The cities hardest hit include Dasmariñas, Bacoor, Imus, General Trias and Silang.

The province’s ‘Top Doc” says the situation is not alarming and has been under control.

Last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel advisory for the Philippines due to the nationwide outbreak.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus of the same name.

Measles spreads through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. It is so contagious that any child who is exposed to it and is not immune will probably get the disease.

Measles, or rubeola causes fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body.

There can be complication from measles–ear infections, pneumonia and encephalitis. For about one or two out of 1,000 people that contract it, it turns out to be fatal.

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