World An ongoing measles outbreak in the Philippines has killed at least 70 people in the past month, with anti-vax conspiracy theorists blamed for a fall in the rate of protected children. According to The Guardian, the majority of the recent victims are children. They are among 4,302 measles cases reported in January nationwide, an increase of 122 percent compared with the same period in 2018. Infections have been reported in some of the poorest and most densely-populated regions of the country including Metro Manila, which is home to 12 million people. In January, 196 cases were reported in the city, compared with just 20 in January 2017. Fifty-five children under the age of 4 in Manila have already died from measles infections in 2019. The government has declared other so-called “red alert” outbreaks in the northern region of Luzon and the Visayas archipelago. Of the 70 who have died from measles since the start of 2019, 79 percent were not vaccinated, according to Rappler citing Department of Health figures. Health Secretary Francisco Duque issued a statement explaining the government is officially “declaring an outbreak as cases have increased in the past weeks and to strengthen surveillance of new cases and alert mothers and caregivers… Read full this story
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