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DOH: “We will review before we declare an outbreak”

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan–Department of Health Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) on a press conference said that they will review the data before declaring an outbreak on specific areas with severe measles cases on February 18, 2019.

Regional Director, Dr. Rio L. Magpantay, DOH-CHD in his statement that the province of Cagayan has the highest counts with 34 cases of measles as of Feb. 17 2019 compared to 2018 with only 4.

Next to Cagayan is Isabela province with 22 cases in present and 4 recorded in 2018; Nueva Vizcaya has 11 from 1 and Quirino from 0 to 4.

“So far, Batanes learned their lessons from last year’s outbreak which has 0 cases as of Feb. 17, 2019″, Magpantay said.

Moreover, based on data, there are none recorded deaths on measles cases.

Magpantay also stated that it is already recommended to declare an outbreak since it reached the thresholds’ limit.

However, Magpantay emphasized that they will review furthermore before declaring the most affected areas as epidemic.

Furthermore, “the DOH has already did its measures it countering the rise of measles in the region”, Magpantay added.

In their recent activities, the DOH started the Outbreak Response Immunization (ORI) prioritizing 6-59 months old children.

Also, the department activated Code White Alert and Incident Command System (ICS) in responses to increasing measles cases.

“There will be a continuous coordination of Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) to different Diseases Reporting Unit (DRU) on measles case detection and immediate notification”, Magpantay said.

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