The Department of Health, National Epidemiological Centre in the Philippines has published details of the ongoing measles outbreak in the Disease Surveillance Report. for the week February 9-15 2014.
Between 1 January and 15 February 2014, a total of 15 683 suspected cases of measles was recorded. Of those, 3434 have been laboratory confirmed. The highest number of confirmed cases have been reported from: the National Capital Region (Metro Manila) (60%), Calabarzon Region (25%) and Central Luzon Region (8%).
Advice for Travellers
Measles has been reported in travellers returning from the Philippines recently in several countries: Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the US and the UK.
It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of MMR at 12-15 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months, while unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.