Health Team dispatched to track down measles cases in Metro Manila
by FFE PH News Staff
Following an increase of measles cases in Metro Manila, the Department of Health (DOH) has warned residents to take precautionary measures to avoid getting inflicted by the highly-contagious disease.
DOH-NCR (National Capital Region) Director Eduardo C. Janairo advised parents and caretakers to monitor children since the most recorded measles cases are from the age group 1-4 years. Janairo said symptoms begin with the following:
- High fever
- Runny nose
- Sore red eyes
These symptoms may last for days before red, blotchy rash will appear.
Janairo advised that family members should get up-to-date measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and other immunizations.
“Measles vaccination not only protects the person but also serves as safeguard to family members who are too young to get the vaccine or haven’t received it yet. Receiving two doses of measles vaccine is highly effective in preventing measles,” Janairo said.
Measles is an infection of the respiratory system easily spread through air when an infected person talks, coughs, or sneezes. Those who have not been vaccinated or have not had measles before is at risk if they are exposed to the virus.
Individuals who developed symptoms of measles should stay away from public places to avoid spreading the virus.
Measles can cause some serious complications such as:
- Ear infection causing earache
- Conjuctivitis (eye infection)
- Encephalitis (swelling of the brain)
Measles infection in a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage, premature birth, or low birth-weight of the baby.
Although there is no specific cure for measles, treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until the body’s immune system clears the infection. The symptoms will usually disappear within 7-10 days. However, you should see a doctor if symptoms get worse.
Useful measures to observe when infected by measles:
- Drink as much to prevent dehydration.
- Ibuprofen or paracetamol can be taken to relieve fever and aches.
- Take Vitamin A supplements
The DOH has already dispatched an Anti Measles Task Force in different areas in Metro Manila to check and give the necessary vaccinations to halt the spread of the disease.