Pertussis, measles cases dropping, says DOH

THE Department of Health (DOH) reported on Saturday the declining number of measles and pertussis cases in the Philippines.

From January to May 11, the DOH posted 2,552 measles-rubella (MR) cases.

The MR cases count from April 14 to April 27 was at 408, or 8 percent lower than the 442 recorded from March 31 to April 13. Five deaths were recorded.

“Halfway through the second quarter of 2024, the DOH delivers on its commitment to stem the transmission of measles and pertussis cases,” it said in a statement.

No region has reported a continuous increase in MR cases during DOH’s recent six-week monitoring.

Children under 10 years of age have been most at-risk for MR, making up 83 percent (2,114) of the total number of cases.

Meanwhile, the department also monitored the decline in pertussis cases as it noted no continuous increase in any region during the recent six-week period.

DOH data as of May 11 showed a total of 2,521 pertussis cases reported since the start of the year.

The nationwide pertussis epidemic curve showed a continuous decrease, with new cases from April 14 to 27 pegged at 375, or at least 25 percent lower than the 499 cases recorded from March 31 to April 13.

The death toll from pertussis, on the other hand, is 96.