GLOBAL ONE NEWS — The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) has declared a measles outbreak in parts of Luzon and Visayas.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Feb. 7 the department sees an “increasing trend” in measles cases in Luzon including the regions of Ilocos, Cagayan, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Bicol.

Eastern and Central Visayas have also been hit by the contagious disease.

A measles outbreak in Metro Manila was declared on Feb. 6.

Official records show a sharp increase in measles cases in recent weeks. As of Jan. 26, 441 cases with five deaths were recorded in Metro Manila compared to 36 cases last year.

Central Visayas recorded 71 cases this year. Last year, it only recorded two.

Health officials earlier warned a possible measles outbreak due to low coverage of immunization.

Parents have reportedly been reluctant to have their children vaccinated due to the recent Dengvaxia mess.