Cebu City health office detects 1 rubella case, 1 death

THE Cebu City Health Department (CHD) detected this year one confirmed case of rubella virus or German measles and recorded one death suspected to be caused by measles.

CHD head Dr. Daisy Villa said Monday, November 7, 2022, that the person who tested positive is an adult male but has already recovered.

The mortality was a seven-month-old baby from Barangay Labangon who got admitted to one of the hospitals in the city on October 21 but later on succumbed to death.

The infant was suspected to have measles since he manifested symptoms like fever and rashes before his death, said Villa.

She added that the deceased was not able to receive an anti-measles vaccine since it can only be given to children nine months old and beyond.

Villa said she does not have detailed information about the two cases at the moment.

Since January of this year, the CHD has tested 39 individuals who were suspected of having the measles virus and only one turned positive but with rubella, not measles.

According to Villa, the two diseases have the same symptoms but the rubella virus is more prone to adults compared to measles, which is susceptible to children. (IRT)