GLOBAL ONE NEWS — Philippine provinces have been recording an unusually high number of measles cases.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines, over 17,000 measles cases have been recorded so far this year— a 367% increase from last year.

One of the affected provinces is Sarangani, where a recent outbreak has killed one child and infected 80 children more.

Health officials said most of the infected are from remote villages where immunization campaigns haven’t been able to reach.

Towns in Bicol, Zamboanga and General Santos have also recorded high measles cases this year.

According to a health official in Bicol, the Dengvaxia vaccine scandal has sparked fears among parents about immunization.

The WHO Philippines meanwhile, has encouraged parents to have their children vaccinated. It said, “Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of measles and its complications, including death.”