Measles Outbreak in Jewish Orthodox Community Hits 200 Cases

Measles Outbreak in Jewish Orthodox Community Hits 200 Cases

An ongoing measles outbreak in the Philippines has killed at least 70 people in the past month, with anti-vax conspiracy theorists blamed for a fall in the rate of protected children.

Mr. Duque also said that the vaccination activities are targeted to be completed by next month, and "cases will start to decrease by that time as the number of susceptibles will have already been vaccinated come March".

As of February 7, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had tallied 101 cases of measles across 10 states.

Her son is OK now, but she says she stopped vaccinating after that.

While parents are understandably concerned about doing everything they can to safeguard their children's health, in the case of vaccinations many have allowed fear and misinformation to steer them away from the right, medically sound decision, not only for their children but for everyone's children. Some public health officials blame the surge of cases on low vaccination rates for this highly infectious disease. "They are the sources of outbreaks and the best solution to this is to reduce the number of people who can cause them", she said.

The Health Ministry said two deaths from the extremely contagious viral disease have been recorded since Saturday.

"Out of the 359 suspected cases, ten are confirmed measles cases with three deaths from Negros Occidental and Antique", Mary Jane R. Juanico, medical officer III and Child Health team leader of DoH-CHD 6, said in a press conference late Tuesday. Four of those states - Colorado, Oregon, Texas, and Washington - allow for philosophical exemptions.

The outlet cites New York City health authorities naming several possible reasons for the recent outbreak.

Public health officials in Washington recommend that everyone who is unvaccinated or only received one get both shots to avoid contracting measles. For the early stages, these include a fever, a runny nose, coughing, red eyes and a sore throat. People who have previously had the infection do not need immunization. The vaccine can reduce the risk of infection if gotten within 72 hours after exposure to the virus.

The agency said there have been large measles outbreaks reported across Europe which have affected many countries.

"The reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines - threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases", according to the WHO.

In another statement on Wednesday, DoH said they will sign an agreement with DepEd to formalize their collaboration in immunizing school-aged children. "I understand there could be communities which are far from health centers so I advise those parents to take advantage of the opportunity to have their children vaccinated while DOH (Department of Health) is doing door-to-door vaccination", she added.

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