CHD records 1 suspected death from measles, 1 confirmed Rubella case

ONLY one confirmed case of Rubella virus or German measles and one confirmed death from Rubeola or ordinary measles were recorded by the Cebu City Health Department (CHD) this year.

The confirmed German measles case, an adult male, has already recovered from the ailment, said CHD head Dr. Daisy Villa.

Villa said that aside from their first Rubella case, a seven-month-old baby from Barangay Labangon was the first suspected measles fatality in Cebu City.

Villa told reporters on Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, that the baby was admitted in one of the hospitals in the city last Oct. 21 but later died.

The infant was suspected to have measles since the child manifested symptoms such as fever and rashes before death, said Villa.

She added that baby was not able to received an MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine since it can only be given to children nine months old and above.

Villa said Monday that she did not have a detailed information about the two cases.

Since January of this year, the CHD has tested 39 individuals suspected of having the measles virus and only one turned positive but with Rubella, or German measles.

According to Villa, the two diseases have the same symptoms but adults are more prone to the rubella virus, while children are more at risk of contracting measles.

Aggressive vaccination vs. measles

Earlier this month, Cebu City Councilor Rey Gealon filed a resolution before the City Council urging the CHD to conduct an aggressive measles vaccination campaign.

Gealon reasoned that Central Visayas ranked second in the country with the most number of measles cases with 63 cases.

Villa said that the CHD is doing its best to deliver measles vaccines to the different health centers in the city.

The possibility of having an outbreak in the city is unlikely since there was no confirmed case as of Monday, she added.

Villa further said that once a confirmed case of measles will be detected, the CHD will conduct a vaccination drive to the neighbors of the infected individual.

The common symptoms of measles are cough, runny nose, and red and watery eyes.

According to the World Health Organization, both Rubella and measles are now treatable through vaccination. (IRT)