DOH: Don't self-medicate vs measles

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Sunday, January 5, 2014


MANILA -- Instead of self-medicating, the Department of Health (DOH) urged the public to immediately seek medical attention if they suspect to be suffering from measles.

In his Twitter account, DOH Spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag said it would be best if adults and children alike will head to the nearest health centers to them once measles symptoms begin to surface.

“Stamping out #measles: 1) bring every child w/ fever & rash to a health center,” said Tayag (@erictayagSays).

He stressed that getting immediate medical attention will help prevent complications, and possible deaths from measles.

“Most children with measles easily recover. Measles kills because of pneumonia, acute diarrhea with severe dehydration or acute encephalitis,” noted Tayag.

The head of the DOH – National Epidemiology Center (NEC) added that bringing them to health centers will prevent possible spread of the virus considering that it is a highly-contagious disease.

“What is basic reproduction number? For #measles, one case can infect up to 18 other individuals; for HIV, it's five; for flu, it's three,” said Tayag.

Data from the NEC showed that from January 1 to December 14, there were 1,724 cases nationwide, including the 21 deaths.

The DOH reported that cases were mostly in Metro Manila (744) with outbreaks already declared in Quiapo, Sampaloc, Tondo, Binondo, Sta. Cruz, Port Area, and Sta. Mesa in Manila; Dagat-Dagatan and Bagong Barrio in Caloocan City; Talon 5, Talon 2, and Pamplona Uno in Las Pinas City; Longos and Tonsuya in Malabon City; Alabang and Putatan in Muntinlupa City; North Bay Boulevard South in Navotas City; Moonwalk and Don Bosco in Paranaque City; Bagong Tanyag in Taguig City; and Ugong in Valenzuela City.

In order to prevent the further spread of measles, the DOH said it will be conducting a door-to-door vaccination drive in order to protect the public against measles, especially the children, pregnant mothers, among others.

“Vaccines do not save lives. Vaccination saves lives. Have your children vaccinated against measles,” said Tayag.

To map out the anti-measles vaccine drive, the DOH is set to meet with all Metro Manila city health officers and civil society tomorrow (Monday) at the DOH – National Capital Region (NCR) office in Mandaluyong City. (HDT/Sunnex)

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