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January 21, 2014
The DOH-CHD Bicol appreciates very much the anti-measles campaign of the DepEdamong public school children as it will help prevent the possible spread of the virus.
As the virus is spread through droplets by coughing, sneezing or close personal, direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions, sending home students who exhibit the early signs and symptoms of measles would surely help prevent its further transmission.
Furthermore, the virus remains active and contagious in the air or on infected surfaces for up to two hours. It can be transmitted by an infected person from four days prior to the onset of the rash and up to four days after the rash erupts.
A DepEd memo directs school heads to send home students who exhibit “flu-like symptoms and also asked them to disseminate information about measles, immunization and coordinate with local government health units for the “complete vaccination of children.”
DOH CHD Director Gloria J. Balboa also had earlier urged Municipal Local Government Units (MLGU) to strive harder to conduct active immunization activities against vaccine-preventable diseases, especially against measles, to reach every child in every purok of each barangay.Immunizing door-to-door, in addition to the fixed site strategy will minimize missing an eligible child for vaccination and track down missed children of previous years.
Meantime, as of January 16, 2014 there are total of 77 measles cases suspects broken down as follows: Albay province, 32; Camarines Sur 26; Catanduanes 4; Camarines Norte 9; Sorsogon province 4; and Masbate 2.