BACOLOD City – The Negros Occidental Provincial Health Office (PHO) is closely monitoring the ongoing measles outbreak in neighboring Negros Oriental.
PHO head Dr. Ernell Tumimbang said that so far, there are no measles cases recorded in the province but they are observing the outbreak carefully, especially in the boundary between Mabinay, Negros Oriental and Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.
Tumimbang also said they are reviewing the coverage of anti-measles vaccines in the barangays close to the provincial border due to the possibility that the virus could cross over.
Hospitals are also included in their monitoring and medical staffers are closely looking at their patients for rashes, which is one of the symptoms of the infection.
Tumimbang said the PHO is presently mulling a “catch-up” immunization, adding that the Department of Health (DOH)-Region 6 is now prepared.
Earlier this week, the DOH in Negros Oriental declared a measles outbreak in the province.
Among the towns and cities affected by the outbreak are Bacong, Dumaguete City, Mabinay, San Jose, Santa Catalina, Siaton, and Valencia.
But Negros Oriental PHO head Dr. Socrates Villamor said the number is “minimal” with only 21 cases recorded across the province.
Villamor also believes the measles cases in the province may have been sparked by children who were not immunized or those with incomplete immunization.