At least 248 children and 21 adults are being treated for measles in the San Lazaro Hospital, a known facility for infectious diseases.
A hospital in Manila had been flooded by measles cases with most patients lacking vaccination for the infectious disease.
According to the hospital spokesperson Dr. Ferdinand de Guzman, 7 deaths were already recorded, 3 of
9 children already died within a day last week due to measles, De Guzman added.
“For San Lazaro alone, we have seen a very huge jump for the number of measles cases, most of them are lacking immunization shots,” De Guzman said.
“San Lazaro still accepts measles cases…we cannot turn down every Filipino who asks help from us,” she said.
Measles, “caused by a virus in the paramyxovirus family,” can be passed through direct contact and through the air, and infects the respiratory tract.
Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of the disease and its complications which include severe diarrhea, pneumonia, blindness, and even death.
It is caused by infection with the rubella virus. The virus lives in the mucus of the nose and throat of an infected child or adult. The disease is contagious for 4 days before the rash appears, and it continues to be contagious for about 4 to 5 days after.
Measles is best prevented by the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) combination vaccine or the measles, mumps, rubella
Since it is a virus, there is no prescription medication to treat measles. The virus and symptoms typically disappear within two to three weeks. However, your doctor may recommend:acetaminophen to relieve fever and muscle aches.