Measles Cases Surge in the Philippines
According to the country’s health secretary, 136 people have died of measles this year — half of which were children ages 1-4 — and 8,400 others have become sick amid an outbreak that’s been attributed to fears of vaccination. Warning of fatal complications from the preventable disease, President Rodrigo Duterte has urged parents to immunize their children.
How quickly can the outbreak be contained? If the ongoing immunization drive in Manila and four other regions is successful, authorities say the crisis could be over by April.
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