Measles down 8 in Negros Oriental

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Friday, January 10, 2014


AT LEAST eight persons were down due to measles infection in Negros Oriental, according to the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO).

Records also show that four of them were coming from Dumaguete City, two from Amlan town, one from Dauin, and another one from Basay town.

Assistant Provincial Health officer Dr. Edgardo Barredo told Sun.Star that the youngest patient was a four-year-old child from Banilad, Dumaguete City and the oldest was a 29-year-old from Dumaguete City, Basay and Amlan towns.

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Barredo said the latest patient is a 10-year-old girl from Lipayo, Dauin who was confined at a private hospital in Dumaguete City since January 1. Clinical records show that the patient received vaccine on anti-measles in April 2004.

Barredo said that a person who received anti-measles vaccine does not necessary mean he or she will not be infected with measles; however, if a person received anti-measles vaccine, infection will not prolong.

Barredo said that 17 to 20 percent of the total population of children in the province failed to avail of the immunization program of the Health department.

He said a total of 89,683 children were vaccinated in 2012 and 89,426 children in 2013 or 83 percent of children in the province were fully immunized.

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