Health Bulletin: Measles

Greetings of HOPE and PEACE in St. La Salle!

In view of the recent news of a measles outbreak in Metro Manila, this health bulletin is being issued to increase awareness within our campuses in Manila, Laguna, Makati and Mandaluyong.

To summarize salient points:

  1. The Department of Health (DOH) National Epidemiology Center recorded 1,742 measles cases from 1 January to 14 December 2013, with 744 of the cases located in Metro Manila.

  2. As per protocol, DOH declares a measles outbreak if at least one laboratory-confirmed case of infection is reported within three of the last four weeks. As of 7 January, 21 barangays in 9 cities have declared an outbreak in their areas. These are:
    • Caloocan City: Bagong Barrio and Dagat-dagatan
    • Las Piñas City: Pamplona Uno, Talon Dos, and Talon Singko
    • Malabon City: Longos and Tonsuya
    • Manila: Binondo, Quiapo, Port Area, Sampaloc, Sta. Cruz, Sta. Mesa, and Tondo
    • Muntinlupa City: Alabang and Putatan
    • Navotas: North Bay Boulevard South
    • Parañaque City: Don Bosco and Moonwalk
    • Taguig City: Bagong Tanyag
    • Valenzuela City: Ugong

  3. DOH expects the number of measles cases to rise further.

  4. DOH has planned a mass immunization of 13 million children nationwide in September.

What is measles?

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus belonging to the paramyxovirus family. The virus normally grows in the cells that line the back of the throat and lungs.

It is easily transmitted from one person to another through sneezing, coughing or by close contact with a person with the disease.

The signs and symptoms include fever, sneezing, cough, red eyes/conjunctivitis and appearance of skin rashes that last more than 3 days. Complications may include diarrhea, ear infection or pneumonia.

The management is directed toward nutritional support, oral rehydration and specific relief of symptoms. DOH notes that most people recover within 2-3 weeks. Vaccination greatly decreases the chance of contracting measles.

If you experience fever, consult a medical practitioner immediately as this may be an initial sign of the onset of measles.

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What can I do to respond to the measles outbreak?

  1. If 2 or more symptoms above present themselves, please stay at home and consult your family physician to determine what illness you have and to seek medical clearance. If you are in school when these symptoms manifest, please proceed to the clinic immediately.

  2. DOH Asst. Sec. Eric Tayag urges parents in areas with a measles outbreak to have their children vaccinated. You may wish to inquire at your barangay health center about the availability of services.

  3. People with healthier bodies and stronger resistance have a smaller risk of catching the virus. Eat well and take sufficient amount of rest.

  4. DOH Asst. Sec. Eric Tayag also advises giving vitamins, especially vitamin A, to children to help build their immune defenses.

For feedback or inquiries regarding this bulletin, please send an email to or call 524-4611 locals 221 and 334.

Thank you.

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  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2001). Measles. Retrieved from http://www/cdc/gov/measles/
  2. DOH Philippines (2005). Health Advisories on Measles
  3. Mayo Clinic (2011). Measles. Retrieved from
  4. World Health Organization (2011). Measles. Retrieved from
  5. Department of Health, National Epidemiology Center
  6. Rappler news:
  7. GMA network news:
  8. Philippine Star:
  9. Wall Street Journal SEA:
  10. DOH Facebook page:


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