Measles outbreak declared in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 18:11

By RG Antonet Go

Zamboanga Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco- Salazar issued an executive order declaring a measles outbreak in the city.

Executive Order No. BC-333-2018 was issued last February 9 declaring a measles outbreak in the city of Zamboanga city and directing the office of the City Health Officer to institute, undertake and implement preventive  and proactive measures to effectively address the same.

Last week, the City Health Office (CHO) reported more than a thousand percent increase in the number of measles cases for the month of January compared to the same period last year.

The CHO recorded a total of 101 suspected cases of measles from  January 1 to 27 this year.

The figure represents a 1,343% increase compared to the same period  last year.

The number is reportedly more than the outbreak threshold level and  requires immediate response, according to a City Hall statement.

Residents affected are mostly children aged 1 to 5 years old.

The cases are almost evenly distributed between girls and boys where  Forty nine percent of those affected were males.

The barangay with the highest number of cases recorded is barangay  Sangali with 16 cases.

This is followed by Calarian with 10 cases, Arena Blanco with 6, Busay,  San Jose Cawa Cawa, Sta Catalina and Sta Maria with 4 cases each,  Camino Nuevo, San Roque, Sinunuc and Tumaga with 3 cases each;  Canelar, Cawit, Guiwan, Lumbangan, Lunzuran, Mercedes, Putik and  Tugbungan with 2 cases each.

Twenty four other barangays recorded one case each, based on CHO  records.  (RGAAGo)