DOH pleads with Black Nazarene devotees with measles symptoms to skip attending the procession
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Amita Legaspi of GMA News Online reports that the Department of Health (DOH) has asked devotees not to attend the Black Nazarene procession on Thursday (January 9) if they or their children are not feeling well or are showing symptoms of measles in order to prevent the spread of the viral disease.
The report quoted DOH assistant secretary Dr. Eric Tayag as saying in a forum that devotees who are in poor health should no longer attend the event since exposure to crowds might make them sick. Tayag said "a person with measles can spread the virus to 18 more people, both child and adult, through cough or direct contact with body secretions or fluids. Measles can be transmitted four days before and after rashes have come out."
A measles outbreak has been declared by the DOH in Metro Manila and in certain regions in the country due to the rapid increase in the number of patients infected with the virus from January 2013. As of December 2013, the DOH has recorded 1,724 laboratory-confirmed measles cases, 21 of which resulted in death.
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