DOH ramps up drive vs measles amid outbreak

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FREE VACCINE. A nurse injects an infant with a measles vaccine in Tondo, Manila. File photo by Noel Celis / AFP

The Department of Health (DOH) says it will step up its campaign against measles in 2014, following a rise in the number of cases recored in 2013 and reported outbreaks in some barangays in Metro Manila. Last year, the DOH recored some 1.724 cases of measles nationwide, with 43% of the cases in Metro Manila alone. On Sunday, the state-run Philippine News Agency reported that at least 21 barangays in 9 cities have declared an outbreak of measles in their area. Measles is a viral, highly-contagious respiratory disease. Infected persons exhibit symptoms such as high fever, red eyes, runny nose and cough. The DOH advises those exhibiting symptoms to stay home. Measles vaccine is free in all government health centers nationwide.

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