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PGB steps up to prevent measles widespread
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
CITY OF MALOLOS- The Provincial Government of Bulacan is continuously at war with measles and encourages the Bulakenyos to take precautionary measures to prevent from acquiring the said virus although no outbreak is declared yet in the province.

Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado immediately gave a directive to the Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) headed by Dr. Jocelyn Gomez to conduct an investigation and identify the necessary actions to be given to the three Dumagat families residing at Sitio Inuman, Brgy. San Isidro, City of San Jose Del Monte who were reported to be showing signs of measles.

Dr. Betzaida Banaag, City Health Officer of SJDM said that seven of them were confined at the city hospital for immediate aid and blood serums from five patients were brought to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine for testing.

However, three of them died and the cause is still unknown.

Irish San Pedro, Bulacan Provincial Surveillance Officer said, reported measles cases totaled to 25 from January to February this year from some areas of Baliwag, Marilao, Meycauayan, San Rafael, Calumpit, Balagtas, San Jose del Monte and Pulilan.

At present, non-stop surveillance and monitoring are being implemented and the plan to conduct medical missions along with information dissemination in the affected areas is also being discussed.

According to the PPHO, one of the best ways to prevent measles is infant vaccination between six months to 15 months of age.

“Libreng makukuha sa mga health center at pampublikong pagamutan sa lalawigan ang bakuna laban dito, at pinopromote din natin ang breast feeding para mas lumakas ang immune system ng mga bata,” said Gov. Alvarado.

Measles or Tigdas is a respiratory infection caused by a virus. It can be highly-contagious if treatment is delayed. Measles, which causes skin-rashes, induces flu-like symptoms such us running nose, coughing and fever and the more common serious and often fatal complications are pneumonia, diarrhea and encephalitis.

In the Philippines, DOH data showed that there are 5,175 measles cases from Jan. 1 to Oct. 9 last year, of which 21 deaths have been reported.

The highly contagious virus is spread by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact or direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions. ###

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