Malacañang on Thursday assured that the government is working to curb the increasing incidence of measles.
In a press briefing, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Department of Health (DOH) is taking every possible measure to prevent the situation from worsening.
“Ginagawa po ng Department of Health ang lahat ng nararapat para ma-control po ang pagkalat ng sakit na ito; mapangalagaan ang kalusugan, lalong-lalo na ng mga kabataang unang naaapektuhan nito [The Department of Health is doing its best to control the spread of this disease and ensure the health of the youth that are the first ones to get affected],” Coloma said.
He added that the increase in the incidence of measles is not only experienced in the country but also in other nations, including Pakistan and several parts of the United States.
The Manila Times earlier reported that measles cases continue to increase in some provinces in Luzon, including in the Cordillera Region, Pangasinan, Region 4A and Albay, as well as in Western Visayas.
The health department earlier declared an outbreak of the disease in nine cities in Metro Manila.
Measles is caused by a virus and is extremely contagious, spreading through coughing, sneezing and even breathing and infecting anyone who has not been vaccinated or had the disease before.
It is characterized by a rash that spreads quickly to cover most parts of the face and the whole body, including the lower extremities. CATHERINE S. VALENTE