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    Philippines worried over meales

    THE Department of Health (DOH) in Manila on Saturday said it has started coordinating with local government units (LGUs) to prevent the spread of measles in the country.
    Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said children with ages 9-11 months have been receiving the first dose of anti-measles vaccine and the second phase will be those who are 12 to 23 months old.
    “One to two years old will be inoculated by receiving the anti-measles booster,” Valte said. “We’re doing this in cooperation with the DOH and we’ve already covered 148 villages with 21,560 children, particularly the City of Manila.
    In an interview with dzRB Radyo ng Bayan (People’s Radio) Valte said children with ages not more than five years old were vaccinated.
    At the same time, she said, the DOH also deployed mobile teams to conduct door-to-door vaccination to ensure that children ages 9 months old to five years old receive the first dose of anti-measles vaccine.
    According to the DOH, measles is a highly contagious viral disease transmitted through droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons.
    Among the symptoms of measles are eye redness, coughs and colds, high fever, rashes on the ears, face, neck, and the whole body, also difficulty of breathing, the health department said.
    Health officials said they are looking at a possible new strain of measles that caused the cases of the disease in Metro Manila.
    Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said there is no specific treatment for measles and recovery may take two to three weeks.
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