MANILA, Philippines – Measles and rubella cases have increased this year compared to the same period in 2021.
Based on the National Measles and Rubella data as of September 17, there were 450 cases of measles (measles) and rubella from January 1 to September 17.
This year’s total cases are 153% higher compared to 178 cases in the same period in 2021, the agency added.
Most cases were from Region IV-A with 70 (16%); Region VII, 61 (14%) and NCR, 47 (10%)
In the past period from August 21 to September 17, 2022, around 68 cases were recorded. Regions with the highest number of cases in the said period are Region IV-A, 16 (24%); Region VIII, 12 (18%); Region VII, 7 (10%); Region X, 7 (10%) and NCR, 7 (10%).
Regions IVA, VIII, IX, X and XII have shown an increase in cases in the recent four weeks of morbidity (August 21 to September 17, 2022).
During the last four weeks of morbidity (August 21 to September 17, 2022), 5 of the 17 regions (Region II, IVA, V, VII, and NCR) exceeded the measles epidemic threshold.
Measles clusters have been reported in Region I (Brgy. Caranglaan, Dagupan City, Pangasinan) and Region IX (Brgy. Balangasan, Pagadian City).
Nationwide, 36 cases were classified as laboratory confirmed measles, while 37 cases were unclassified as laboratory confirmed rubella.
Also two deaths were reported (CFR: 0.4%) in MR cases from MWs 1-37 nationwide. These deaths were reported in August and September. Jocelyn Tabangcura-Domenden
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