A measles outbreak was reported in a barangay in the City of Mati wherein 24 are infected with two fatalities, both 1-year old.

A report from the City Health Office showed that the affected area is Purok Gemelina in Barangay Don Salvador Lopez.

The measles infection reportedly started on the 4th week of July. Of the 24 infected only two were admitted at the hospital.

Of the 24 cases, 22 are said to be members of a religious group which is said to be against seeking medical treatment of any kind.

The CHO stated in their report that there are about 5,000 individuals living in the said barangay. About 483 are residing in Purok Gemelina where about 78 of the residents belong to the said religious group.

The City Health personnel conducted immunization in the said barangay on Friday, August 23, but not one of the members of the religious group submitted themselves for immunization or treatment.

Health authorities continue to monitor the affected area to prevent the infection from spreading.

Measles is a childhood infection caused by a virus. Also called rubeola, measles can be serious and even fatal for small children.

While death rates have been falling worldwide as more children receive the measles vaccine, the disease still kills more than 100,000 people a year, most under the age of 5.

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