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PIA Press Release
2010/02/24

Capiceņos warned vs measles outbreak

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (24 February) -- Health officials in Capiz warn the public against measles outbreak in the province.

Dr. Jarvis Punzalan, head of the Provincial Health Office in Capiz disclosed that they are closely monitoring measles outbreak in the province due to some confirmed cases here.

Punzalan said that the PHO, in partnership with the various rural health offices, has been conducting intensive surveillance because of the confirmed measles cases in the province since last year.

According to Expanded Program on Immunization coordinator Deborah Juanico, the province had 6 measles cases last year.

Juanico disclosed after said confirmed cases, measles vaccination was given to children 6 months old to 5 years old and below who are the most vulnerable age group in the affected areas, namely in the towns of Dumarao, Tapaz, Jamindan and Dumalag.

She added that last January, there is another confirmed measles case in Lucero, Jamindan town, where they are again in close surveillance for the possible spread of the virus that would affect other residents in the area.

Juanico also said that they have also intensified their measles vaccination activity in said area.

She also urged the parents to submit their children to free measles vaccination in their respective public health centers regardless of whether said children had been immunized with said vaccine before.

Juanico also said that also given measles immunization are those who are below 15 years old.

She added that in Jamindan town alone, where there were four confirmed measles cases, some 3,372 children have already availed of free immunization against measles. (PIA) [top]

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