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Measles, dengue on ‘red f lag’ in Bicol

LEGAZPI CITY --- Health authorities in Bicol continue to be confronted with two health issues prompting the Department of Health (DOH) here to sustain its “red flag” health alert status. Measles:

DOH data indicated that as of March 30 this year, 831 children were reported ill and 9 of the affected children died of the disease.

Albay still holds the highest number of cases at 276, followed by Camarines Sur – 227, Sorsogon – 150, Masbate – 119, Camarines Norte – 46, Catanduanes – 12, and 1 from another place, the report said.

Hounded by this health issue on measles, the DOH advised the public to be vigilant and refer a person showing signs and symptoms to the nearest health facility for early diagnosis and prompt case management.

Symptoms include cough, colds, red eyes, fever, and skin rashes.


The DOH has declared “Dengue Hot Spots” in two barangays in Naga City in Camarines Sur and a barangay in Gigmoto town in Catanduanes.

DOH has observed that dengue cases continue to rise with 1,070 recorded cases; of this, 9 people have died within the period January to March 30, this year.

Camarines Sur has the highest number of cases with 583, followed by Sorsogon – 154, Albay – 142, Camarines Norte -- 89, Masbate – 73, Catanduanes – 28, and others - 1.

On the reported deaths, Camarines Sur had 3; Sorsogon, 3, and 1 each in Albay, Camarines Norte and Masbate.

To control and prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne disease, the DOH reiterated its call to practice the 4S strategy.

4S stands for: “Search and Destroy” mosquito breeding places, “Self-protection measures”, “Seek early consultation” for fever as early as one day, and “Say yes to fogging” as a last resort when there is an impending outbreak.

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